***** Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network. Peter Katona, et al, editors; Published by Routledge, www.routledge.com (Web); 328 pages $37.95.
Everyone seems to recognize that international cooperation is a key prerequisite to defeating the terrorist threat, yet it is not easy to overcome the turf battles and cultural and ideological differences that can get in the way of achieving that objective.
Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network is an effort to demonstrate how an effective international network can be created informally, avoiding many of the obstacles to formal networks. The book’s editors—professors Peter Katona and Michael Intriligator, and law enforcement professional John Sullivan—have drawn on their experience with the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group and assembled a stellar group of contributing authors. Together, they address the terrorism threat and provide insights on how to create the type of international network that can effectively fuse, analyze, and share information to deal with the terrorist threat.
The book’s contents are much broader than its title suggests, not only dealing with WMD but also providing an historical context for terrorism. In addition, it discusses cyberterrorism, the role of the community in fighting terrorism, technology, and other important topics. The expertise of the contributors includes public health, economics, law enforcement, public policy, and the military.
In one volume, this book provides both an overview of the terrorism problem and ideas for countering it. Security professionals will benefit greatly from reading it.
Mayer Nudell, CSC (Certified Security Consultant), is an independent consultant on crisis management, contingency planning, and related issues. He is a member of ASIS International.