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ASIS International Publishes Active Shooter Handbook on Prevention

Alexandria, Va. 2012-11-12

​Active shooter incidents have become pervasive and frequent in our society—often resulting in large numbers of fatalities to innocent civilians. In his new book, terrorism expert Joshua Sinai, Ph.D., provides law enforcement and private sector security personnel a comprehensive understanding of this threat and how to respond, manage, and when possible, prevent it. The handbook opens with the steps active shooters take to plan their attacks and concludes with an outline detailing the response measures required to protect and evacuate those impacted by active shooter events. An appendix provides a self-assessment checklist tool to enable public safety personnel to ensure they are prepared to respond to such potential incidents in terms of protective procedures, systems, and training.

“Dr. Sinai’s book, Active Shooter: Handbook on Prevention, will serve as an innovative guide for administrators and security managers and will, hopefully, prevent another tragedy like the one at Virginia Tech,” further observes Adams.

  • Provides a definition of active shooter incidents
  • Presents a chronological listing of major incidents
  • Explains all phases of active shooter scenarios
  • Outlines the steps active shooters undertake in preparation for attacks
  • Identifies required response measures
  • Includes a self-assessment checklist tool

Dr. Joshua Sinai is a senior manager, National Security Programs, at Infinity Technology, LLC, in McLean, VA. Dr. Sinai specializes in terrorism, counterterrorism, and homeland security studies, including developing risk indicators on insider threats such as “homegrown” terrorists and active shooters.  He has more than 25 years of experience in government, the corporate sector, and academia, including teaching at the graduate level.

From 2006 to April 2010, Dr. Sinai worked as a program manager on counterterrorism studies at The Analysis Corporation (TAC) (later known as Sotera Defense Solutions), which was led at the time by John Brennan, President Obama's counterterrorism adviser. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Sinai worked as a member of a TAC team at a U.S. government counterterrorism operations center.

Dr. Sinai has published more than 80 articles and book reviews on terrorism, counterterrorism and insider threats-related topics in academic publications, magazines, and newspapers. Dr. Sinai holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, with a specialization in Comparative Politics and the Middle East, from Columbia University. 

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