March 07, 2018

New ABA sourcebook looks at public-private partnerships through legal and practical lens

Harnessing the power of America’s private sector in partnership with federal, state and local governmental entities has been a primary thrust of homeland security. This imperative recognizes that much of America’s critical infrastructure is privately owned. Companies have come to see business continuity and profits as requiring deeper involvement in security and resilience. Both these motivations are driving and deepening multiple forms of public-private partnerships.

“The Sourcebook of Public-Private Partnerships for Security and Resilience” lays out the statutes, executive orders, legal issues and models relating to these types of public-private partnerships. It covers the law as it relates to counterterrorism and nonproliferation, mobility and maritime security, health and special weapons, disaster preparedness and response, and protection of cyber and critical infrastructure.

Principal author Susan Ginsburg served as senior counsel on the 9/11 Commission staff and has written extensively about mobility security and homeland security.  In addition to her work with the 9/11 Commission, Ginsburg worked at the Department of Treasury as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Enforcement.

 “Susan Ginsburg’s Sourcebook is an excellent resource for leaders in both the public and private space and for lawyers who practice in this arena. In truth, this well thought out volume should be on the shelf of anyone who wants to better understand this still new partnership that the tragedy of 9/11 made all the more necessary to the functioning of our American society as was intended by the framers of our Constitution and Bill of Rights.” -- The Hon. Joe Whitley, chair of Government Enforcement and Investigations Group at Baker Donelson; and former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Title:                “The Sourcebook of Public-Private Partnerships for Security and Resilience 2018: A Compendium of Laws and Policy Documents”
Publisher:        Standing Committee on Law and National Security
Pages:             714 pages
Product Code: 3550029
ISBN:                9781641050241
Size:                 7x10
Price:               $199.95
Orders:            800-285-2221 or go to

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Francine Bennett at

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