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Homeland Security Handbook: Strategic Guidance for a Coordinated Approach to Effective Security and Emergency Management edited by David Kamien, New York: McGraw-Hill, pp.861-876, 2012
A Systems Perspective on Homeland Security, a chapter in the second edition of the Homeland Security Handbook, points to the growing dynamic complexity of the homeland security domain and argues for the significance of adopting appropriate lenses and approaches to ensure due rigor in our assessment of related issues. The piece defines homeland security enterprise as a complex system; introduces fundamentals of a systems perspective; and uses mass transit security as a homeland security domain example of systems thinking.
Federal Rules of Evidence Rule 702 gives the “trier of fact”-that is, the judge-broad authority to decide the admissibility of forensic testimony and evidence at trial. This has been referred to as a “gatekeeper” role. The best laboratory practices discussed in this paper can provide the key for the gatekeeper to allow test results and testimony into courtroom proceedings and help overcome TV-Land's “CSI effect” for jurors.