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Protecting Transportation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124081017, 9780124079281

Protecting Transportation

1st Edition

Implementing Security Policies and Programs

Author: R Johnstone
Paperback ISBN: 9780124081017
eBook ISBN: 9780124079281
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 28th January 2015
Page Count: 398
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Protecting Transportation: Implementing Security Policies and Programs provides a thorough overview of transportation security in the United States, with a focus on policy. The book coversall major transportation modes and puts the American security system into perspective against other national and international systems. Author R. William Johnstone, a transportation security expert and member of the 9/11 Commission staff, discusses how the current transportation security system came to be and how it is performing.

Whether you are a current or aspiring transportation security professional, a policymaker, or an engaged citizen, Johnstone’s presentation equips you to understand today’s issues and debates on a problem that affects every member of the global community. Transportation security has evolved in the years since 9/11 from a relatively modest, sporadic undertaking into a multi-billion dollar enterprise employing tens of thousands. Protecting Transportation describes how that system is organized, funded, and implemented.

Key Features

  • Fosters critical thinking by reviewing the development and evaluation of key transportation security programs
  • Clarifies security issues in the context of civil liberties, federal spending, and terrorist incidents in the United States and globally
  • Considers the “inputs” of security policy, including laws, regulations, and programs; and the “outcomes,” such as enforcement, effectiveness metrics, and workforce morale


security professionals; government officials and national policy-makers; students in Homeland Security, Security, and Government programs; analysts and researchers

Table of Contents

  • Digital Assets
  • Introduction
  • 1: Transportation Security Before 9/11/01
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Pre-9/11 Maritime Security
    • Pre-9/11 Land Transportation Security
    • Pre-9/11 Aviation Security
    • Conclusion
    • Discussion Questions
  • 2: The 9/11 Watershed
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Transportation Security in 2001
    • 9/11
    • Security Response to 9/11
    • Conclusion
    • Discussion Questions
  • 3: Transportation Systems and Security Risks
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Transportation Systems
    • Attacks on Transportation Systems Since 2001
    • Risk Management
    • Conclusion
    • Discussion Questions
  • 4: Transportation Security Roles and Responsibilities
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • International
    • United States
    • Other Nations
    • Conclusion
    • Discussion Questions
  • 5: Transportation Security Policymaking
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Authorizing Legislation
    • Federal Budget Process
    • Appropriations Legislation
    • Presidential Directives and Nominations
    • Federal Regulation
    • Conclusion
    • Discussion Questions
  • 6: Implementing Maritime Security
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Port and Vessel Security
    • Supply Chain Security
    • Maritime Domain Awareness and Intelligence
    • Conclusion
    • Discussion Questions
  • 7: Implementing Land Transportation Security
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Mass Transit and Passenger Rail
    • Freight Rail
    • Highway Infrastructure and Motor Carriers
    • Pipelines
    • Information Sharing and Intelligence
    • Conclusion
    • Discussion Questions
  • 8: Implementing Aviation Security
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Commercial Aviation
    • Air Cargo
    • General Aviation
    • Intelligence and Information Sharing
    • Conclusion
    • Discussion Questions
  • 9: Evaluating Transportation Security
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Department of Homeland Security Performance Measurement
    • Independent Assessments
    • Congressional Oversight
    • Workforce Morale
    • Public Opinion
    • Conclusion
    • Discussion Questions
  • 10: Transportation Security in Context
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Economics
    • Privacy
    • Budgetary Constraints
    • Conclusion
    • Discussion Questions
  • Conclusion
  • Index


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28th January 2015
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About the Author

R Johnstone

R. William Johnstone served on the staff of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) after working for over 20 years as a Congressional staff member. He is the author of 9/11 and the Future of Transportation Security (2006), Bioterror: Anthrax, Influenza, and the Future of Public Health Security (2008, paperback edition to be published in 2015), and the homeland security section of the annual A Unified Security Budget for the United States (2007-2012). He is the co-author of the monograph “Four Flights and Civil Aviation Security, staff report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States” (2004), and a contributor to The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (2004). In his time as a Congressional staff member, Johnstone served as legislative director for U.S. Senators Wyche Fowler, Jr. (D-GA) and Max Cleland (D-GA). Mr. Johnstone grew up in Atlanta, GA and attended Emory University. He currently lives in Rockville, MD with his wife and son, and is a consultant and writer on homeland security matters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fellow, George Mason University Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, Washington, D.C., USA


"This well-written book reflects in-depth research and planning. It is not a nuts-and-bolts directive on transportation security, but a text that will help readers understand the policies behind measures intended to make travel safe." --Security Management, Protecting Transportation

"...this book covers every base, including cyber; and doesn’t neglect the truth that security in transport as in any sector has to fit in with the nature of that sector…" --Professional Security Magazine Online

"Terrorists  target transportation. A useful analysis of the history and current efforts to protect our vital infrastructure." –Thomas Kean, former NJ Governor and Chairman of 9/11 Commission

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