Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: CRC Press; 2nd ed. edition (December 23, 2008)
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WARNING! This is NOT "the definitive handbook on the terrorist threat to commercial airline and airport security!"Aviation security and terrorism have been topics of intense public scrutiny over the past few years with endless prescriptions for how to shore up the former against the latter. Into a marketplace flooded with myriad books written by self-proclaimed "experts" comes Aviation and Airport Security: Terrorism and Safety Concerns, by Kathleen M. Sweet. The author is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel with impressive credentials as an intelligence officer, an assistant air attaché to the Russian Federation, an instructor at the Air War College, a member of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) cadre, and a military/political affairs office with a Special Operations Wing. She currently works as a consultant with various firms and a university instructor teaching courses in intelligence, security, and terrorism. In her introduction, the author states the book "contains the necessary information with which to devise a strategy that college students, military personnel, and police counterterrorist unit [sic] alike can use to educate themselves" (p. xxiii).Unfortunately, that sentence contains a key to what is to come. I really wanted to like this book and at first blush it seemed a solid tome written by an expert to address a vital topic. Regrettably, the more I read, the more I found that the book is laden with suppositions, sweeping generalizations, factual errors, grammatical and spelling errors, and intellectual overreach. In short, the book, while ambitious in scope, promises more than it delivers.
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