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Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security: Opportunities and Challenges


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Nathan E. Busch

Dr. Nathan E. Busch is an associate professor of government at Christopher Newport University (CNU) and co-director of the CNU Center for American Studies, where he is lead coordinator of CNU’s annual Symposium on Homeland Security. He is author of No End In Sight: The Continuing Menace of Nuclear Proliferation (University of Kentucky Press, 2004), and editor of Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Future of International Nonproliferation Policy (University of Georgia Press, 2009). He can be reached at nbusch@cnu.edu.

Austen D. Givens

Austen D. Givens teaches graduate courses on terrorism and emergency management at Utica College in Utica, NY. He previously served as director of emergency management at Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Virginia. Austen is a fellow with Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) National Homeland Security Project, holds a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from VCU, and studied international relations in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He has worked with the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, and the Virginia Fusion Center. He can be reached at adgivens@utica.edu.

Public-private partnerships are a major issue of discussion in businesses and government agencies concerned with homeland security. However, this issue has received a much less thorough treatment in scholarly literature on homeland security. This article begins to fill a gap in homeland security scholarship by identifying the essential role that public-private partnerships are now taking in homeland security and by examining opportunities and challenges for this transformative shift in the field. The article begins by contextualizing our argument within recent scholarship, and tracing the development of public-private partnerships in homeland security. The article then examines the growing role of public-private sector partnerships in homeland security. The article concludes by discussing ongoing challenges that will need to be considered and addressed for public-private partnerships to be successful over the long term.

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Busch, Nathan E., and Austen D. Givens. “Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security: Opportunities and Challenges.” Homeland Security Affairs 8, Article 18 (October 2012)