The Business of Counterterrorism

On March 2, 2015, the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies hosted a book talk by Austen D. Givens titled “The Business of Counterterrorism.” Givens is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London and Professor of Practice at Utica College. His research examines the economics of security–in essence, how economic principles influence and shape national security decision-making. His book with Nathan E. Busch, The Business of Counterterrorism: Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security, explores how partnerships between businesses and government agencies have impacted the homeland security arena since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Givens’ PhD research extends this line of inquiry by comparing four U.S. states’ uses of public-private partnerships before, during and after disasters. His courses at Utica College, where he has taught since 2011, examine the interplay of firms and government agencies in counterterrorism and cybersecurity.