"Enhancing regional collaboration has been identified as one of the eight National Priorities for Homeland Security by the President of the United States. While South Carolina has made significant efforts in expanding regional collaboration, such as the creation of regional Counter Terrorism Coordinating Councils (CTCCs), there is still much work to be done. There are several teams and capabilities in place throughout the state, but they are not coordinated, lack structure, and have no plan or strategy by which to guide them. In addition, state agencies have varying regional operational structures, which add to the overlap and lack of coordinated homeland security planning efforts. This thesis examines why collaboration is difficult to obtain based on literature, the benefits of regional collaboration, regional collaboration efforts in other states, and specific recommendations for South Carolina to expand regional collaboration. The recommendations can also be applied to other states throughout the nation to ensure that homeland security planning efforts are coordinated, and as an end goal, regional collaboration is expanded at the sub-state level."
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