Terrorism and Homeland Security

Terrorism and Homeland Security, 1st Edition

Terrorism and Homeland Security, 1st Edition,Philip Purpura,ISBN9780750678438






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Provides a comprehensive introduction to the problem of terrorism and to its solution, Homeland Security!

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Key Features

* Learning objectives and key terms outline chapter content and highlight important topics.
* Scenarios are placed at the beginning of each chapter to explain concepts and relate theory to practice.
* "Reality Check" sections and critical thinking boxes help the reader to formulate alternative perspectives on issues and events in order to seek creative and improved solutions to problems.
* Discussion questions at the end of each chapter reinforce content and provide an opportunity for the reader to review, synthesize, and debate the key issues.
* Web links at the end of each chapter provide direction for additional resources, information, and research.


Terrorism and Homeland Security: An Introduction with Applications provides a comprehensive overview of terrorism, public and private sector counterterrorism, and "all hazards" emergency management. The book presents national, state, and local perspectives and up-to-date information, including the reorganization of the Department of Homeland Security, the renewed Patriot Act, and intelligence reform. A wide range of issues are discussed, including such topics as the effectiveness of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, the measurement of terrorism, victims of terrorism, privatization of counterterrorism, the "code war," the merging of life safety and public safety, the Katrina disaster, the role of the military, preemptive force, Homeland Security and national security versus due process models, pandemics, and wars of globalization. It emphasizes practical issues handled by senior government officials, private sector executives, security practitioners, and a variety of first responders.

Terrorism and Homeland Security provides theory from several disciplines, offering explanations of problems and countermeasures to assist both practitioners searching for answers, as well as students seeking to put theory into practice. Applications at the end of chapters use assessment center and red team techniques to help the reader develop analytical and decision-making skills in the context of understanding the mindset and planning processes of terrorists. An essential resource for both students and professionals, Terrorism and Homeland Security addresses sensitive issues, asks controversial questions, and offers solutions to differentiate law, policy, and plans from reality.


Students attending community college homeland security programs; state, federal, and private security training programs.

DHS professionals, Security professionals, ASIS.

Philip Purpura

CPP, Florence Darlington Technical College

Philip P. Purpura has been a criminal justice educator for more than 20 years. He has directed criminal justice, security, and paralegal programs, and has practical experience as a security consultant, expert witness, security manager, corporate investigator, and police officer. Mr. Purpura is the author of several other textbooks and numerous articles published in newsletters, magazines, and journals.

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Florence Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC, USA

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Terrorism and Homeland Security, 1st Edition

Ch 1 The Problem of Terrorism
Ch 2 Terrorist Methods and Weapons

Ch 3 Government Action
Ch 4 Homeland Security
Ch 5 Legal Issues
Ch 6 Private Sector Action

Ch 7 Risk Management and Emergency Management
Ch 8 Life Safety and Public Safety
Ch 9 Security
Ch 10 Protecting Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets
Ch 11 Border and Transportation Security

Ch 12 Anticipating the Future: Terrorism, Technology, Research, and Education

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The book explains practical issues, handled by senior government officials, first responders and private security practitioners. Theory from more than 20 disciplines provides a foundation for the book, including criminal justice, international relations, government, psychology, sociology, military science, business, structural engineering and public health.-Morning News, Florence, SC, January 21, 2007
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