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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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4 Beyond the Storms: Implementing Smart Resilience in Turbulent Times




Beyond the Storms: Implementing Smart Resilience in Turbulent Times



There is no safe harbor to avoid the impact of catastrophic events—“physical” disasters, such as extreme weather, earthquakes, and terrorism, or those that are “virtual,” such as chemicals, infectious diseases, money, and electrons—and their direct or indirect consequences on the homeland. We face rapidly changing times, globally and nationally, marked by complexities and uncertainties that force us to make difficult decisions about homeland security and community preparedness.1 This chapter suggests a new approach that leverages whole-of-nation and private-sector capabilities to systematically strengthen preparedness and resilience.

The destabilizing impact of recent disasters has provoked a reactionary posture that is not necessarily in the long-term interests of community preparedness. Beyond the unquantifiable human costs associated with hazards, figures from 2011 reveal that economic damages from natural disasters in the United States exceeded $55 billion.2 In 2012, there were many domestic disasters, including Superstorm Sandy, lethal wildfires, regional droughts, domestic terrorism,3 and the spread of West Nile virus. While we must address immediate crises and apply the lessons learned from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, this study looks “Beyond the Storms” of pressing events to identify strategic opportunities that would make the nation better prepared and more secure through a new focus on systemic resilience based on quantifiable metrics and standards.

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