SOURCE: University of Pennsylvania Press

August 31, 2009 09:00 ET

New Book by Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - August 31, 2009) - In 2003, the President and the U.S. Congress established the Department of Homeland Security. From the beginning, its mission was clear: prevent terrorist attacks, protect against threats to America's safety and security, and prepare the nation to respond effectively to disasters, both natural and man-made. This monumental mission demands a comprehensive strategy. It also requires a crystal-clear explanation of that strategy to Americans and their allies worldwide. In a revealing new book, "Homeland Security: Assessing the First Five Years," Michael Chertoff provides that explanation. In a refreshingly candid and engaging manner, America's former homeland security secretary depicts the department's long-term approach, what it has achieved, and what it has yet to do. In the face of continued dangers, Michael Chertoff warns repeatedly against complacency. He urges America and its leaders to strengthen their resolve, stay the course, and build creatively on past successes.

"America's response to the 9/11 tragedy was the establishment of a new Department of Homeland Security created from 22 separate federal agencies. Just about every issue imaginable came to this new department, from protecting our borders and ensuring the safety of passengers in the air from terrorist attacks to maintaining defenses against natural disasters. Michael Chertoff, only the second person to serve as secretary in this office, describes with penetrating analysis the strategy that has emerged from this huge challenge, the eyes-open risk-costs analysis that has made it manageable, and the steps that have been taken to turn this gigantic effort into a well-coordinated and effective line of defense for our citizens. What a useful gift to his new successor, former Governor Janet Napolitano." -- William Webster, chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council, former FBI director, former CIA director

Homeland Security
Assessing the First Five Years

Michael Chertoff. Foreword by Lee H. Hamilton
Sep 2009 | 204 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth ISBN 978-0-8122-4202-7 | $24.95t | £16.50

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