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The Business of Counterterrorism

Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security


Nathan E. Busch and Austen D. Givens

The Business of Counterterrorism focuses on the opportunities and challenges that public-private partnerships (PPPs) face in the post-9/11 world. Although these partnerships are a major topic of discussion and study among businesses and government agencies involved in homeland security efforts, they have received a much less thorough analysis by scholars. The Business of Counterterrorism identifies the essential role that PPPs are now taking in homeland security and explores the implications of this transformative shift in the field. In its discussion, it focuses on five areas in homeland security – critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, information sharing, security at U.S. ports of entry, and disaster recovery.
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This book is an outgrowth of the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University’s Symposium on Homeland Security: Enhancing Public-Private Partnerships and Coordination, which took place July 19–20, 2012.

This symposium featured a remarkable group of government and business leaders in homeland security, including Thad Allen, former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and National Incident Commander for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill response; Bill Bratton, former commissioner of the New York Police Department; Bob Stephan, executive vice president at CRA, Inc. and former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Infrastructure Protection; Thomas S. Winkowski, acting Deputy Administrator for U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and Terrie Suit, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

We gratefully acknowledge these leaders’ contributions to the symposium, as well as the symposium sponsors: the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Continuity First, Verizon Wireless, ABM, Lockheed Martin, ITA International, Bosch Global Services, Spectrum, and Mymic.

Outside of the symposium, we sought out many experts to provide us with background information on how government-business partnerships are transforming homeland security today. We especially thank Ami Abou-bakr, Mike Landefeld, Jim Loy, Sue Lynch, Elizabeth Mayo, Mark Milicich, Benjamin Muncy, Bob Newman, and Paul Byron Pattak for their time and expertise.

For their assistance with the cover design, we would like to thank Michael John and especially Amy Mayberry. For help with the references and bibliography,...

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