From the thesis abstract: "The National Exercise Program serves as the primary means for training national leaders and department and agency staff members. Additionally, it serves in promoting collaboration among stakeholders and partners at all levels of government with homeland security missions. Although the National Strategy for Homeland Security directs a National Exercise Program and DHS codifies this program in doctrine, it is continually a work in progress. This paper identifies and discusses four key areas which must be addressed in order to improve the National Exercise Program. These four key areas are Interagency Participation, Stability and Predictability, Funding, and Corrective Actions. These four areas are inter-related in that actions occurring in one area can have an impact in any one of the other three areas. Although DHS has established a framework for administering the NEP, many challenges remain before the NEP is fully integrated and institutionalized."
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