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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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Conclusion—Taking Care of Business: The Future of Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security


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Taking Care of Business: The Future of Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security

This book shows how public-private partnerships have a significant and far-reaching impact across the many disciplines that comprise homeland security today. This trend strengthens homeland security and helps to reduce the impact of natural and man-made disasters on society. Yet at the same time, these partnerships face a number of current and emerging challenges. In order for public-private partnerships to continue benefitting homeland security, and ultimately protect the American public as a whole, businesses and government will have to navigate these challenges effectively.

In this final chapter we take stock of the changing landscape of homeland security: how public-private partnerships affect homeland security today, and what this might mean for the future. In the first part of the chapter we draw together the strategic, operational, and tactical implications of public-private partnerships for homeland security as a whole. The second part of the chapter synthesizes the many opportunities facing public-private partnerships in homeland security, while the third part of the chapter explores the challenges that these partnerships must confront in the coming years. The fourth part of the chapter explores a number of theoretical questions about how to maximize the effectiveness of public-private partnerships in homeland security. The final part of ← 275 | 276 → the chapter offers a set of policy recommendations to further develop public-private partnerships for homeland security.

I. The Changing Landscape of Homeland Security

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