Notes from the Editor (Vol. VIII)

Download the full issue. October 2012 The two articles publishing this month in Homeland Security Affairs look at ways of strengthening the homeland security mission by integrating emerging technologies and partnerships. In “Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security: Opportunities and Challenges,” Nathan E. Busch and Austen D. Givens attempt to fill the gap in homeland security

Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security: Opportunities and Challenges

by Nathan E. Busch and Austen D. Givens Abstract 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

Network Fusion: Information and Intelligence Sharing for a Networked World

by Joseph W. Pfeifer Abstract An innovative design for sharing information and intelligence is found in the form of network fusion, which encourages collaboration across multiple disciplines by leveraging technology to connect the unconnected at classified and unclassified levels. As terrorists move to new methods of attack, law enforcement and first responders must use comprehensive

Waiting For Homeland Security Theory

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: Where is the theory supporting the academic discipline of homeland security? Does homeland security need a single unifying theory? Does the lack of a “grand” theory mean the discipline lacks conceptual precision? How do instructors in this discipline provide rigorous conceptual foundations for what we teach if there is no underlying theory

Perceptual Framing of Homeland Security

by Linda Kiltz and James D. Ramsay Abstract This article analyzes the phenomenon of homeland security through the development of four conceptual lenses that were created out of the existing literatures in criminal justice, public administration, organization behavior, risk management, international relations, and the overlap between them. Using terrorism as a proxy for the homeland

Homeland Security: Advancing the National Strategic Position

Sharon Caudle ABSTRACT: In March 2011, President Obama issued Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness that began a new chapter in the intent and scope of preparedness. To better understand the current policy, this article first chronicles the decade of refinement in preparedness – from its definition to its guidance – and then describes a

How to Quantify Deterrence and Reduce Critical Infrastructure Risk

Eric F. Taquechel and Ted G. Lewis ABSTRACT: We propose a definition of critical infrastructure deterrence and develop a methodology to explicitly quantify the deterrent effects of critical infrastructure security strategies. We leverage historical work on analyzing deterrence, game theory and utility theory. Our methodology quantifies deterrence as the extent to which an attacker’s expected

A Maritime Threat Assessment of Sea Based Criminal Organizations and Terrorist Operations

Terrance G. Lichtenwald, Mara H. Steinhour, and Frank S. Perri ABSTRACT: This article reviews the United States Department of Defense, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies’ use of the Maritime Strategic Doctrine and the Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act to combat drug smuggling vessels and boats during counter-drug smuggling operations. Threat analysis, using strategic warning indicators,

Integration of Social Determinants of Community Preparedness and Resiliency in 21st Century Emergency Management Planning

Paul A. Biedrzycki and Raisa Koltun ABSTRACT: The United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently adopted a “whole of community” approach in its strategic planning and response to catastrophic events. However, most traditional emergency preparedness models and practices do not sufficiently consider underlying social conditions and dynamics that are

Fighting Back: What Governments Can Do About Terrorism

David Brannan ABSTRACT: David Brannan reviews the book Fighting Back: What Governments Can Do About Terrorism, by Paul Shemella, ed. SUGGESTED CITATION: Brannan, David. “Fighting Back: What Governments Can Do About Terrorism.” Homeland Security Affairs 8, Article 10 (June 2012). Paul Shemella, ed., Fighting Back: What Governments Can Do About Terrorism (Stanford University Press,