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The Business of Counterterrorism

Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security


Nathan E. Busch and Austen D. Givens

The Business of Counterterrorism focuses on the opportunities and challenges that public-private partnerships (PPPs) face in the post-9/11 world. Although these partnerships are a major topic of discussion and study among businesses and government agencies involved in homeland security efforts, they have received a much less thorough analysis by scholars. The Business of Counterterrorism identifies the essential role that PPPs are now taking in homeland security and explores the implications of this transformative shift in the field. In its discussion, it focuses on five areas in homeland security – critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, information sharing, security at U.S. ports of entry, and disaster recovery.
Nathan E. Busch (PhD, University of Toronto) is Associate Professor of Government at Christopher Newport University (CNU) and Co-Director of the CNU Center for American Studies, where he is lead coordinator of CNU’s annual Symposium on Homeland Security. He is author of No End In Sight: The Continuing Menace of Nuclear Proliferation (2004) and co-editor of Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Future of International Nonproliferation Policy (2009).

Austen D. Givens is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University.