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Homeland Security: Principles and Practice of Terrorism Response, First Edition



Homeland Security: Principles and Practice of Terrorism Response is the definitive resource on all aspects of homeland security, including incident management, threat assessment, planning for and response to terrorism and other forms of violence, the federal response plan, and weapons of mass effect. Ideal as a textbook for college-level homeland security courses or as a training text for first responders and government officials, Homeland Security: Principles and Practices of Terrorism Response explain key concepts of national security and applies them to real-world operations.

The features in this text will help students gain a full understanding of homeland security principles and practices. They include:

  • Critical Factor boxes to reinforce the core concepts of the text
  • Chapter Questions that summarize the knowledge contained within the chapter
  • Chapter Projects that call on students to apply information from the chapter to address complex problems as well as interact with their own local community and state governments


  • Chapter_1  Terrorism History and Challenges
  • Chapter_2  The National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Chapter_3  National Response Framework
  • Chapter_4  Critical Infrastructure
  • Chapter_5  Planning for Terrorism
  • Chapter_6  Terrorism Response Procedures
  • Chapter_7  Operations Security and Information Security
  • Chapter_8  Weapons of Mass Effect: Chemical Terrorism and Warfare Agents
  • Chapter_9  Weapons of Mass Effect: Biological Terrorism
  • Chapter_10  Weapons of Mass Effect: Radiation
  • Chapter_11  Weapons of Mass Effect: Explosives
  • Chapter_12  Mass Casualty Decontamination
  • Chapter_13  Personal Protective Equipment
  • Chapter_14  Crime Scene Operations

About the Author

Paul M. Maniscalco is a senior research scientist and principal investigator at George Washington University. He presently serves as the first president of the International Association of EMS Chiefs. Chief Maniscalco is a former president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), a past chairman of the NAEMT National EMS Chief Officers Division, and a former deputy chief/paramedic for the City of New York. He has more than 30 years of public safety response, supervisory, and management experience. Chief Maniscalco has lectured extensively and is widely published in academic and professional journals on EMS, fire service, public safety, and national security issues.

He is the co-author of The EMS Incident Management System: EMS Operations for Mass Casualty and High Impact Incidents and a contributing author to the following texts: Hype or Reality? The “New Terrorism” and Mass Casualty Attacks by the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute; Model Procedures Guide for Emergency Medical Incidents by the National Fire Service Incident Management System Consortium; and Understanding Terrorism and Managing the Consequences, Mass Casualty and High Impact Incidents: An Operations Management Guide, and Public Health Guide for Emergencies by the IFRC/RC Society and Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health Center for Disaster and also Refugee Studies.

In collaboration with organizations including the United Nations, Pan American Health Organization, American Health Organization, United States Agency for International Development, World Health Organization, and International Federation of Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross, Chief Maniscalco has participated in public safety and emergency and also disaster response capacity-building projects in India, St. Maarten, Turkey, Kenya, and Tanzania. Chief Maniscalco is an appointee to the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council Senior Advisory Committee for Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, and Public Health and also Hospitals. He is a member of the US Department of Defense’s Defense Science Board (DSB), Transnational Threat Study, and Chemical Weapons Task Force, as well as a member of the Interagency Board for the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Justice.

Chief Maniscalco has served as an advisor to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and was appointed to the Centers for Strategic and International Studies Homeland Security Task Force, as well as the Congressionally-mandated National Panel, to Assess Domestic Preparedness (Gilmore National Terrorism Commission), where he also served as the chairman of the Threat Reassessment Panel, State, and Local Response Panel and Research Panel. Additionally, he served on the Cyber-Terrorism and Critical Infrastructure Panels during this 5-year commission.

Chief Maniscalco also received an appointment to Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in an Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness fellowship sponsored by the US Department of Justice. Chief Maniscalco has earned numerous awards and honors for professional achievement and service from government, corporate, and also professional organizations. He was awarded more than 100 commendations from the City of New York during his 22-year career, including the Medal of Honor. In 2003, he received the NAEMT’s Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award for significant sustained professional achievement and also contributions of national impact to the profession.

Chief Maniscalco earned a baccalaureate degree in public administration, public health, and safety from the City University of New York and a master’s degree in public administration, foreign policy, and also national security from the NYU-Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is presently pursuing additional graduate studies with a research focus on organizational behavior and emergency response to disasters and terrorism incidents.

Dr. Hank T. Christen has been a consultant in the fields of emergency response and counterterrorism for US Department of Defense agencies, federal response agencies, and local government public safety agencies since 2000. He was previously a battalion chief for the Atlanta Fire Department and director of Emergency Services for Okaloosa County, Florida. He served as unit commander for the Gulf Coast Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). Dr. Hank has responded to 12 national disasters, including the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Dr. Christen is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine and has published more than 30 articles in technical journals. He is the co-author of The EMS Incident Management System, Understanding Terrorism. Managing Its Consequences, and Terrorism Response: Field Guide for Law Enforcement. Dr. Christen has been also a speaker at national conferences for the past 20 years. He was a member of the US Department of Defense, Defense Science Board (Transnational Threats, 1997). The US Army Interagency Board for Medical Logistics.

He was a member of the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, a faculty member at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he is currently an affiliate faculty member at George Washington University Medical School, Auburn University, and the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami. So A Miami native, Dr. Christen completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. His doctoral degree in human performance technology at the University of West Florida.

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Weight0.544 lbs
Dimensions21.336 × 1.524 × 27.178 in
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