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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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3 The Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster from an Emergency Management Perspective




The Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster from an Emergency Management Perspective



Incident Command System (ICS), Emergency Support Function (ESF), and Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) are familiar lexicon in today’s world of emergency management. While those particular terms were not in existence or utilized often in the 1970s, they were all, in fact, utilized during the response to the Three Mile Island accident.

From an emergency management perspective, the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident of March 28, 1979 and the attacks on America in September 2001 bear similar characteristics. As an individual involved personally in both events, I will endeavor to provide you with food for thought as you continue your learning progression in this ever-expanding area of emergency management. Incorporating my actual personal experience takes this chapter out of the pure textbook realm. It is an attempt to meld the application of emergency management principles and practices with academics. This should afford you the ability to view both the practicality of the application of what you learn in an academic environment and what, in fact, may really occur during a man-made, natural, or technological emergency.

I will enumerate the number of lessons learned that enable emergency management to function more effectively in this day and age. I must advise you that in over 40 years in emergency management, I have learned that disasters and emergencies do neither perfectly follow written...

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