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EKU Homeland Security Faculty publish book, “Homeland Security Technologies for the 21st Century"

From L to R:  Dr. Chad Foster, Dr. Brian Simpkins and Dr. Ryan Baggett

For three EKU Homeland Security faculty members, a lengthy endeavor recently came to fruition with the release of the new book, “Homeland Security Technologies for the 21st Century.”  Dr. Ryan Baggett (Associate Professor and Program Coordinator), Dr. Chad Foster (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Brian Simpkins (Adjunct Faculty) developed a textbook on a subject that was limited on the current market.  Additionally, a few colleagues from the homeland security field provided chapters in their specific area of expertise.  Baggett noted that, “the idea for a homeland security technology textbook grew out of the need for such a book in our upper level technology course.  While several books exist on specific technologies, the lack of one source that identifies practical applications and emerging trends was evident.”  The book presents a broad array of homeland security technology types from the viewpoint of end-user applications and homeland security mission areas. 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.

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Published on April 26, 2017

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