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Introduction to Homeland Security

Principles of All-Hazards Risk Management

Bullock, Haddow, and Coppola have set the standard for homeland security textbooks, and they follow up their #1-selling third edition with this substantially improved version. Students will value the decades of experience that the authors bring to their analysis, and the new edition offers still more research-based data to balance the field-tested practical information included in each chapter. Additionally, links to the most current online government information help to keep the text up-to-date in this rapidly developing field. As with its predecessors, the book clearly delineates the bedrock principles of preparing for, mitigating, managing, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. However, this new edition emphasizes their value with improved clarity and focus.


This edition has been thoroughly revised to include changes that are based both on changes relevant to the political, budgetary, and legal aspects of homeland security that have changed since the 2008 Presidential election (and subsequent change in the administration), but also in recognition of an expanding academic demand that is both larger in size and changing in scope (most notably with regard to an increase in the number of government employees and officials who are taking courses that have adopted the text). These include: an expansion of material on the organization of the Department of Homeland Security; strategic and philosophical changes that are recommended and/or that have occurred as a result of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review completed in 2010; updated budgetary information on both homeland security programs and on the homeland security grants that have supported safety and security actions at the state and local levels, as well as in the private sector; and changes in the way the public perceives and receives information about security risk, including the possible elimination of the Homeland Security Advisory System.


A companion website includes a full online Instructor’s Guide (complete with chapter summaries and a test bank that contains approximately 20 multiple-choice question, 20 true-or-false questions, and 5 essay questions per chapter) as well as PowerPoint slides.

Hardbound, 688 Pages

Published: January 2012

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-415802-3


  • "The fourth edition of Homeland Security by Bullock and Haddow is truly a "Swiss Army Knife" type of textbook based on its usefulness and versatility.  It is an excellent reference tool for emergency responders, and for criminal justice and terrorism courses.  The graphic materials are first rate and the data sets are current and relevant for students as well as decision-makers.  Overall, it is a terrific resource for multiple majors and courses which saves money for students by being applicable for  a variety of courses.  I highly recommend this product."--Melvin M. Vuk, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Retired, Global Security and Intelligence Studies, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

    "This is the authoritative text on emergency management, covering all of the key areas, including the new National Incident Management System and National Response Plan requirements. I have used it extensively in instruction and as a desk reference. It goes beyond the basic government requirements to address the fundamentals of managing an emergency, whether it's man-made or a natural disaster. A must-have for any emergency management practitioner or professor."--Jeffrey C. Price, M.A., C.M., Associate Professor, Department of Aviation & Aerospace Science, School of Professional Studies, The Metropolitan State College of Denver

    "This text is perhaps one of the most comprehensive, in-depth examinations of Homeland Security that I have the opportunity to review. Students will greatly benefit by the clarity, detail, and level of professional application. It is quite obvious that the authors invested a tremendous amount of time, research, and expertise into the text."--Dr.Jeffrey S.Czarnec, Chairman, Department of Criminal Justice, Hesser College


  • Chapter 1: Homeland Security: The Concept, the Organization
    Chapter 2: Historic Overview of the Terrorist Threat
    Chapter 3: Hazards
    Chapter 4: Governmental Homeland Security Structures
    Chapter 5: Intelligence and Counterterrorism
    Chapter 6: Border Security, Immigration, and Customs Enforcement
    Chapter 7: Transportation Safety and Security
    Chapter 8: Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection
    Chapter 9: All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery
    Chapter 10: Mitigation, Prevention, and Preparedness
    Chapter 11: Communications
    Chapter 12: Science and Technology
    Chapter 13: The Future of Homeland Security


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