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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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Advance Praise for The Business of Counterterrorism




“While public-private partnerships (PPPs) are certainly on the forefront of U.S. achievements in the domestic response to the terrorist threat, much writing on them doesn’t present the complete picture. Unlike its predecessors, The Business of Counterterrorism provides a comprehensive and direct view of the growing importance of PPPs to homeland security. An outstanding contribution by Busch and Givens.”

—General Norton Schwartz, United States Air Force (retired); President and CEO, Business Executives for National Security (BENS)

“Busch and Givens present a prolific view of counterterrorism in the context of public and private partnerships. In this unique analysis, the authors leverage historical events (both positive and tragic) to establish a foundation for sustaining and improving our nation’s security. Much can be learned from reading this work; may it be read by many and spawn further thought and discussion!”

—Jeffrey D. Wassmer, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Spectrum; Chairman of the Virginia Port Authority

“For those of us who were in the trenches in the beginning, I wish we would have had this common sense book to read.”

—From the Foreword, Admiral James M. Loy, Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, 2005; Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, 2003–2005; Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, 2002–2003; Commandant, United States Coast Guard, 1998–2002

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