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Fundamentals of Homeland Security: An Operations Perspective

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John W. Ellis
Date Published
175 pages
This book addresses the features of the five core missions of homeland security: preventing terrorism, securing borders, enforcing immigration law, safeguarding cyber systems, and ensuring resilience when disasters occur.
Chapter 1 discusses the required five common skill areas for homeland security operations: risk assessment; determining authority and capability to enact solutions; identifying the organizational structure and functions; recognizing operational patterns; and applying analytical techniques that achieve the best performance possible. In chapter 2, a review of the organizational roles in homeland security identifies key points of contact as the National Operations Center in the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Operations Center, any State or local emergency operations centers, and the Incident Command Post for a response. The organization for intelligence is also reviewed. Chapter 3 pertains to the work-flow processes and management techniques that may be valuable in controlling the process in any homeland security operation. In examining risk assessment in chapter 4, the focus is on the methodology for identifying circumstances in which emergency services agencies and organizations will likely be used, as well as the assessment of the known risks or hazards presented by terrorism and natural events. Operational planning for homeland security is reviewed in chapter 5. The intent is to be community-based, and to address all hazards by including all levels of government and the private sector. Chapter 6 discusses potential areas of conflict; individual roles and skills along with final comments. A glossary is provided for frequently used abbreviated terms. 18 illustrations, bibliography, and index