Homeland Security: An Introduction to Principles and Practice, Second Edition

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  • Presents the latest organizational and policy developments in the Department of Homeland Security
  • Offers insight into multi-jurisdictional agencies’ and stakeholders' roles in a range of sectors
  • Provides an objective, balanced perspective on the priorities and challenges facing federal and state government agencies in counterterrorism, emergency management and protecting critical infrastructure
  • Discusses the difficult balance between preserving freedom and privacy with the need to ensure security

An instructor’s manual with exam questions, lesson plans, and accompanying PowerPoint® slides are available upon qualifying course adoption.


Homeland security is a massive enterprise that gets larger by the moment. What was once mostly a TSA/aviation concern has evolved into a multidimensional operation covering a broad array of disciplines. These include critical infrastructure protection, border security, transportation security, intelligence and counterterrorism, emergency management, immigration and naturalization, and public health.

Homeland Security: An Introduction to Principles and Practice, Second Edition provides students and practitioners alike with the latest developments on the makeup, organization, and strategic mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This new edition is fully updated with new laws, regulations, and strategies that reflect changes and developments over the last several years. The book offers unique insights into the various roles of multi-jurisdictional agencies and stakeholders at all levels of government—including law enforcement, the military, the intelligence community, emergency managers, and the private sector.

Coverage includes:

  • The history of security threats in the American experience, the events leading up to 9/11, and the formation and evolution of the DHS
  • The legal basis and foundation for the DHS
  • The nature of risk and threat
  • Training and preparatory exercises for homeland security professionals
  • How states and localities can work compatibly with federal policy makers
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in both the pre- and post-9/11 and post-Katrina world
  • The agencies and entities entrusted with intelligence analysis
  • Issues surrounding border security, immigration, and U.S. citizenship
  • Homeland security practice in the airline, maritime, and mass transit industries—including national, regional, and local rail systems
  • The interplay between public health and homeland security

Each chapter contains extensive pedagogy, including learning objectives, informative sidebars, chapter summaries, end-of-chapter questions, web links, and references to aid in comprehension and retention. Homeland Security: An Introduction to Principles and Practice, Second Edition is the only book to provide an objective, balanced perspective on each of the core components that comprise the DHS’s mission and the priorities and challenges that federal and state government agencies continue to face.

Table of Contents

The Idea and Origin of Homeland Security
Threats to the Homeland: Twentieth-Century Military Movements
Threats to the Homeland: The Cold War Experience
Threats to the Homeland: Revolution, Riot, and Rightful Demonstration
Domestic Terrorism: Pre-9/11
International Terrorism: Pre-9/11
Terror, Threat, and Disaster Post-9/11: A New Paradigm of
Homeland Security
The Genesis of the DHS
The DHS: 2001–2003
Evolution and Change in the
Reorganization and Evolution of the DHS: 2003–2012
The Office of the Secretary of DHS
DHS Directorates
DHS Offices
Agencies Swept into DHS
Advisory Panels and Committees
Homeland Security Law, Regulations, and Budgeting
Homeland Security Law, Regulations, and Executive Orders
Executive Order 13228: The Origin of DHS
Executive Order 12231: Protection of Infrastructure
Executive Order 13493 of January 22, 2009
Executive Order 13567 of March 7, 2011
Homeland Security Act of 2002
USA Patriot Act
Specialized Laws
Budgeting, Finance, and Funding in Homeland Security
Budget Year: 2003
Budget Year: 2004
Budget Year: 2005
Budget Year: 2006
Budget Year: 2007
Budget Year: 2008
Budget Years: 2009–2010
Budget Years: 2011–2012
Risk Management, Threats, and Hazards
Risk Management
The Nature of Risk
Risk Assessment
CARVER + Shock Assessment Tool
Threats and Hazards
The Concept of Threat and Hazard
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Computer Security and Information Infrastructure
National Cyber Security Division
U.S.-CERT: Computer Emergency Response Team
The Private Sector and Homeland Security
Training and Exercises in Homeland Security
Office of G&T
Center for Domestic Preparedness
Emergency Management Institute
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
Lessons Learned: Best Practices (LLIS.gov)
Community Emergency Response Teams
National Incident Management System
DHS Challenges: National versus State and Local, National
Security versus Homeland Security
Challenge of National Policy at the State and Local Levels
Structure at the State Level
Structure at the Local Level
Funding and Local Initiatives
Fine Line of National and Homeland Security
Department of Defense and Homeland Security
Intelligence Gathering and Sharing
Specialized Military/Defense Units Dedicated to Homeland Security
FEMA, Response, and Recovery
Historical Foundation for FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Pre-9/11
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Post-9/11
FEMA and Preparedness
Role of Mitigation in the Preparedness Model
FEMA Response and Recovery
National Response Framework
Terror, Threats, Disaster, and Intelligence Agencies
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Central Intelligence Agency
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Defense Intelligence Agency
Border Security, U.S. Citizenship, and Immigration Services
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Border Protection
CBP and the Facilitation of Trade and Commerce
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Project Shield America Initiative
Fugitive Operations Program
Cornerstone Initiative
Cyber Crimes Center
U.S.-VISIT Program
Transportation Security
Transportation Security Administration
Federal Air Marshals
Federal Flight Deck Officers
Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed
TSA’s Canine Explosive Detection Unit
Risk Management Programs
TSA Technology and Innovation
Maritime Security
National Strategy for Maritime Security
Other Maritime Plans 423
DHS: Borders and Marine Division
Role of the Coast Guard in Maritime Security
Rail and Mass Transit
Representative Security Programs for Rail and Transit
Homeland Security and Public Health
Agriculture and Food
Strategic Partnership Program on Agroterrorism
Infectious Animals
Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
Pandemic Threats
Planning and Response
The Future of Homeland Security
DHS: Growth without Reason
DHS: Curbing Expansionism in Mission
DHS: The Merits of Decentralization
DHS: The Rise of Technology
DHS: The Need for a New Way of Thinking—Jump Out of the Box
Appendix A: United States Department of Homeland Security: Homeland
Security Advisory Council Charter
Appendix B: Definitions
Appendix C: Biological Incident Annex August 2008 Biological Incident
Annex BIO-1
Appendix D: Suggested Protective Measures

Author Bio(s)

Charles P. Nemeth is a recognized expert in homeland security and a leader in homeland security education. An educator for more than 30 years, Dr. Nemeth’s distinctive career is a blend of both theory and practice. He has authored more than 40 books on law, security, law enforcement, and homeland security and is currently Chair of the Department of Fire, Security, and Public Management at John Jay College in New York City. Dr. Nemeth is formerly the editor for the peer-reviewed journal Homeland Security Review and also currently serves as the Director of the newly established Center for Private Security and Safety at John Jay College in New York City. He is a much sought-after legal consultant for security companies and a recognized scholar on issues involving law, morality, and ethics.

Editorial Reviews

" … a well-organized, thought-provoking manual that is far superior to most references on the topic. Each chapter presents a distinct aspect of homeland security written in an easy-to-understand format. The work stays on topic and seamlessly flows through each area of discussion."
Security Management