Homeland Security Technologies for the 21st Century
by Ryan K. Baggett, Chad S. Foster, and Brian K. Simpkins, Editors
April 2017, 308pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3142-3
$85, £66, 74€, A117
Paperback: 978-1-4408-3353-3
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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Technologies have been at the forefront of the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks.

A comprehensive textbook that overviews common technologies utilized within the homeland security enterprise with an emphasis on contemporary homeland security mission areas and end-user applications.

Designed for students entering or currently working in the safety, security, and emergency management disciplines in the public or private sectors, this textbook presents a broad array of homeland security technology types from the viewpoint of end-user applications and homeland security mission areas. The authors investigate various theories behind the use of technologies and assess the importance of technologies for achieving goals and objectives. The content includes not only technical capabilities but also a blend of sample applications of technologies using an all-hazards framework and use cases at all levels of practice, including both the public and private sectors.

The authors provide an overview of preparedness applications; preventive and protective systems; and mitigation, response, and recovery technologies. Topics such as ethical and privacy concerns associated with implementing technologies and use of the Internet and social media receive special attention. In addition to readers directly involved in the security disciplines, this book will be useful for students in technical fields of study such as geographic information systems (GIS), computer science, or engineering who are seeking information on standards, theories, and foundations underlining homeland security technologies.


  • Provides an overview of technology trends and transformations from the viewpoint of contemporary homeland security mission areas and user applications as well as analysis of the impacts on contemporary and future homeland security practices
  • Comprehensively addresses the opportunities and risks associated with homeland security technologies
  • Supplies a taxonomy for homeland security technology types
  • Describes the methodologies for identifying technology needs and characteristics
  • Itemizes standards for promoting interoperability, compatibility, and system safety
Ryan K. Baggett, EdD, is associate professor of homeland security at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond, KY. In this capacity, his instruction focuses on critical infrastructure protection, risk analysis, and technology applications. In his former position, Baggett served as a contractor to the United States Department of Homeland Security for six years. His published work includes Praeger's Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection as well as several book chapters and journal articles. Baggett is a 2013 EKU Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year award recipient and a 2014 EKU Award of Teaching Excellence recipient. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies and a graduate and undergraduate degree in criminal justice.

Chad S. Foster is assistant professor in homeland security at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond, KY, where he supports student learning in the homeland security and emergency management fields of study. Previously, Foster managed U.S. Department of Homeland Security projects at EKU, including software development and testing and responder-driven assessments of systems. He has managed the development and implementation of two national conformity assessment programs for promoting data interoperability. His background is in the military, emergency management, and public policy fields of study. Foster holds a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy and graduate-level degrees in public administration and urban and public affairs from the University of Louisville.

Brian K. Simpkins is associate director of research and evaluation at the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Justice and Safety Center, where he provides daily oversight of the Center's research support to clients such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He also serves as program coordinator for the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, which is funded through the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Simpkins is also an adjunct faculty member with the EKU Homeland Security Degree Program. Prior to EKU, he worked on federal critical infrastructure protection programs as a contractor to DHS. He obtained a Doctorate of Education and a Master of Science in criminal justice from EKU and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Marshall University.

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