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Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Homeland and Civil Security

A Research-Based Introduction

Edited By Alexander Siedschlag

This uniquely composed textbook provides a cross-disciplinary introduction to the field of homeland and civil security. It unites U.S. and international scholars and practitioners in addressing both foundational topics and risk- informed priorities in fostering secure societies. The book examines research-related foundations of homeland and civil security across national boundaries, and how those apply to addressing real-world challenges of our time. Representing different disciplines, intellectual styles, and methodological choices in meeting those challenges, chapters provide a comprehensive perspective across different approaches and levels of governance within an all-hazards framework. The book covers international experiences in border management; intelligence for homeland security; comparative political and legal frameworks for use of «drones»; risk management at the tribal level; terrorism as a strategic hybrid threat; critical infrastructure protection and resilience; historical lessons for emergency management in the homeland security era; the leadership challenge in homeland security; ethics, legal, and social issues in homeland and civil security research and practice; and examples of the scientific status of the field from the epistemic as well as the educational point of view. Including a research guide, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index, the book will be of distinctive worth to homeland security students in graduate courses, as well as to an international student community taking courses in political science, public administration, «new security studies», and security research.
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1 Examining the Strategic Hybrid Threat: Technology, Terrorism, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Old Enemies after 2015

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Examining the Strategic Hybrid Threat: Technology, Terrorism, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Old Enemies after 2015

ROBERT MCCREIGHT

Introduction

In our turbulent times, it makes sense to question whether the next decade will be as fraught with tragedy, risk, warfare, terrorism, and insurrection as the last decade seemed to be. Dead reckoning informs us that nations equipped to thwart and destroy future threats are in a much stronger position than states who cannot mount a retaliatory package strong enough to deter or smite future attackers. We know intuitively that aggressive acquisition of power, territory, and primeval violence draws its resolve from mythic determination and incrementally rewarded excursions into realms of asymmetric and destabilizing warfare. Weaker states, those already hobbled by corruption, infrastructural failure, and uncertain leadership can easily fall prey. In some cases, their vulnerability affects our own vulnerability, both strategic and homeland-related, and their paucity of robust military strike options similarly impairs our own. It behooves the United States to assess weakened, crumbling, and utterly failed states in the next decade, for it is from some of these forlorn places that new threats will arise.

The strategic dilemma grows more intense as we ponder the choices before us. Greater scrutiny is invited to determine which of these hapless states merit our intervention and assistance and which do not. It is unlikely that we will see fewer failing states in the next decade and it appears clear we...

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