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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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9 The Leadership LEAP: A New Approach for Homeland Security




The Leadership LEAP: A New Approach for Homeland Security


Almost every significant breakthrough is a result of a courageous break with traditional ways of thinking.1—STEPHEN R. COVEY


The world is in chaos and, unfortunately, this most likely will continue. Recent news reports are replete with stories of crises. These events demonstrate the implicit and explicit need for leadership. We believe these crises and their accompanying uncertainty are the reasons people have sought strong leaders—to bring order and sanity to an otherwise uncontrollable world. This is particularly true in homeland security and the emergency services.

Crises leadership is something that has been lightly explored, but usually in the context of business or political events. Leadership in the context we present is central to human and community existence. Robin Kielkowski states:

Leadership during crisis is essential. It is often believed to be the sole responsibility of an individual who takes command and has every answer. However, the reality is often quite different. Successful crisis response is the result of proven leadership developed through an ongoing team effort in planning long before an emergency occurs.2

This idea became very evident through our nation’s experience with the events of September 11, 2001. We looked to members of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, and later, the federal government to step into a...

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