* Introduction to Homeland Security, Third Edition: Principles of All-Hazards Response. By Jane Bullock et al; published by Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann; available from ASIS, item #1851, 703/519-6200 (phone), www.asisonline.org (Web); 616 pages; $69 (ASIS members), $76 (nonmembers).
The threats posed by nature, terrorism, and even by our own critical infrastructures constantly evolve, and thousands of state, local, and federal agencies must coordinate their efforts to secure the homeland. In this updated version of a superior introductory text, the authors do an excellent job explaining the functionalities of those various agencies and how they work together to manage risk in a dynamic environment.
The book is comprehensive, its content is current, and the writing is fresh. Beginning with a look at the intertwined histories of emergency management and terrorism, the text goes on to summarize the legal basis for the homeland security mission and the threat spectrum today’s practitioners face.
Looking at the federal level, even the most seasoned security professional can get lost in the “alphabet soup” of three-letter departments and member agencies that share the homeland security mission, from the Department of Homeland Security to the departments of Justice and Health and Human Services. The authors provide detailed overviews of these agencies, explaining why each was created and why some succeeded while others didn’t.
Throughout each chapter the authors incorporate sidebars, critical thinking questions, and review questions. They conclude each chapter with references. The chapter on “Terrorist-related Hazards,” for example, offers a sidebar titled “Where Will Terrorists Strike?” in which the authors discuss new terrorist threats and different theories regarding likely targets, ranging from urban centers to rural communities.
This third edition is an outstanding resource that supplies the reader with historical data, analysis, and information on various government agencies and programs. Security professionals and students will find this book an informative read as well as an excellent reference guide.
Reviewer: Kevin A. Cassidy is vice president, global security for Thomson Reuters. He is an adjunct at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a member of ASIS International.