** Terrorism and Homeland Security: Thinking Strategically about Policy. By Nicholas Bowen et al, editors; published by CRC Press, www.crcpress.com (Web); 352 pages; $59.95.
The editors of this work have compiled the opinions of numerous thought leaders on U.S. strategies for protecting the homeland against terrorism. They establish a solid historical context to demonstrate the U.S. government’s general lack of focus on homeland security dating back as far as the War of 1812. They discuss the need for a coherent national strategy involving state and local partners that establishes the proper balance between enhanced security and protection of civil liberties.
The book is an interesting read that raises awareness about the complexities of implementing a national homeland security strategy. The authors succinctly examine the various policy changes faced by the United States as the country wages a long-term war against radical Islamic terrorism.
While well-written, this work addresses homeland security from a strategic policy standpoint, so it is not for those seeking specific solutions to site-security problems. Policy makers within government, academia, and think tanks are the book’s intended audience, as is anyone interested in better understanding or implementing the sweeping coverage of the Department of Homeland Security.
Reviewer: T. Ted Cromwell is senior director, security and operations for the American Chemistry Council. He is a member of the ASIS International Council on Global Terrorism, Political Instability, and International Crime.