Homeland Security

Protecting America's Targets

by James J. F. Forest, ed.


Examines America's vulnerabilities in such crucial areas as aviation, public transportation, borders, critical infrastructure, ports and maritime commerce, and the food and water supplies.

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June 2006


Pages 1528
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/U.S. Homeland Security
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America is a target; the homeland is under threat. While Americans have been targets of terrorist attacks for quite some time, September 11, 2001, awoke the nation to the reality that we are vulnerable in our homes, our places of work and worship, and our means of public transportation. And yet, we must continue to function as best we can as the world's most vibrant economic and political community. The current threat environment requires greater engagement with the public, as the necessary eyes and ears of the nation's homeland security infrastructure. However, to be effective, the public must be equipped with the knowledge of where and why specific locations and activities may be a terrorist target, what is being done to protect those targets, and how they can help. This three-volume set answers that need.

The chapters of each volume of Homeland Security revolve around a core of central questions. Are we safer today than we were pre-9/11? What steps have been taken in all these areas to protect ourselves? What are the threats we face, and what new threats have developed since 9/11? Are we staying one step ahead of those who wish to do us harm? In 2002, more than 400 million people, 122 million cars, 11 million trucks, 2.4 million freight cars, and 8 million containers entered the United States. Nearly 60,000 vessels entered the United States at its 301 ports of entry. Clearly the amount of activity this represents will require a long-term commitment to innovation, organizational learning, and public vigilance to complement an already overstretched network of government agencies and security professionals.


  • Volume 1, Borders and Points of Entry, addresses the question of how and where harmful people or material can enter the country, and how a combination of local, state, and federal agencies work with the private sector to ensure our security.
  • Volume 2, Public Spaces and Social Institutions, covers a wide variety of potential vulnerabilities.
  • Volume 3, Critical Infrastructure, deals with vital infrastructures and systems, attacks against which would yield not only significant loss of life but would also entail devastating economic and financial consequences.
Series Description

Praeger Security International

As the world gets "smaller" through technology and globalization, the security risks we face grow and multiply.

International security in the 21st century is not a topic that can be adequately addressed in nightly news soundbites or online articles intended to be relevant for 24 hours or less. Comprehending these complex issues requires insight from foreign policy specialists, diplomats, military officials, peace scholars, historians, and security experts—participants and observers on all sides of each conflict. This series provides the tools for understanding security issues in our uncertain, unstable world.

Written by subject experts and well-known researchers, the books in the Praeger Security International series give readers access to carefully considered and highly informed viewpoints on the critical security issues that threaten to destabilize our world. With titles authored by diplomats, first responders, economists, journalists, civil servants, military leaders and combatants, legal experts, psychologists, and other knowledgeable specialists, these books offer in-depth reflections, thorough analysis, and international perspectives that are unavailable in mass media. These titles represent an invaluable resource for students and researchers as well as anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the complex issues that affect our lives and future.


  • Provides reliable, comprehensive information on all matters relating to security that is ideal for students, teachers, researchers, and professionals
  • Offers insightful commentaries written by a diverse group of scholars and experts who provide interdisciplinary treatments of newsworthy events and important historical occurrences
Table of Contents

Volume 1 PrefaceIntroduction: Protecting America's Borders and Ports by James JF ForestBorder SecurityMaritime and Port Securityolume 2Assessing the ThreatProtecting Social InstitutionsPublic Security Strategies and PerceptionsVolume 3Understanding Critical InfrastructureEnergy, Food, and WaterTransportation SystemsFinance and Technology



"For a comprehensive guide to homeland security principles a college collection needs James J.F. Forest's Homeland Security: Protecting America's Targets....The in-depth coverage afforded by the three volumes together proves indispensable for any serious college-level holding."Midwest Boo Review - California Bookwatch

"This three-volume set, edited by Forest, reviews progress in protecting the US from terrorist attacks and identifies persisting vulnerabilities."Reference & Research Book News

"Since 9/11, the topic of homeland security has fueled heated debate throughout the country, which has only escalated with the continued war in Iraq. This three-volume set, which covers major areas of responsibility of those charged with maintaining security, should clarify the issue and provide useful information for all Americans....Homeland Security serves as an in-depth and thoughtful study of domestic security issues."Kirkus Reviews

"For a comprehensive guide to homeland security principles a college collection needs James J.F. Forest's Homeland Security: Protecting America's Targets, a 3-volume weighty set adopting an interdisciplinary approach to homeland security issues....The in-depth coverage afford by the three volumes together prove indispensable for any serious college-level holding."California Bookwatch

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