"The National Preparedness Goal directs that preparedness efforts for major events should be developed through a capability-based planning process. The ability to perform a valid and reliable capability assessment is necessary to guide proper allocation of resources in the capability-based planning process. Capability assessment is also necessary to validate and measure the impact of investments. This thesis examines a self assessment methodology that may be used to perform capability assessment. A comparative case study methodology is employed to examine process options. These options might be utilized to determine which process provides the most opportunity for data collection while fostering a collaborative environment that may provide opportunities for sharing knowledge among assessment group members. A review of the case studies suggests that the subject-matter experts employed in the analysis may not have the requisite knowledge to perform the assessment. This suggested finding implies problems with capability-based planning efforts. The thesis makes recommendations for future strategies to perform homeland security capability assessments."
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