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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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11 Homeland Security within a School of Public Affairs

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Homeland Security within a School of Public Affairs

STEVEN A. PETERSON

Introduction

In February 2004, a set of faculty from across five disciplines (political science, public policy, public administration, criminal justice, and sociology) at Penn State Harrisburg developed a concept paper for active programming in homeland security. Some excerpts from that document:

Concept PaperCenter for Homeland Security and Terrorism StudiesPenn State HarrisburgFebruary 2004

[…] We propose a Center housed in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg that has as its mission research and enhanced public awareness of terrorism and homeland security.

The School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg is well-suited to be the sponsor of such a Center. It is located near the capital of one of the largest states in the nation, Pennsylvania, and is only 120 miles from the nation’s capital. The Central Pennsylvania region is home to a number of military and defense installations and is a critical point in the major east/west and north/south transportation arteries in the eastern United States. Its long-established relationship with the U.S. Army War College (AWC) at Carlisle, 23 miles from its Middletown campus, provides an opportunity to work with military personnel who share an interest in the subject. With an interdisciplinary faculty comprised of specialists in [Political Science], Public Policy, Public Administration, Health Care Administration, and Criminal Justice, it can bring a variety of perspectives to bear on issues...

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