From the thesis abstract: "The threat to the United States today remains complex and both ambiguous and apparent. Although the nation's assets have removed portions of the threat over the past ten years, it is by no means removed from the picture. While major strides in planning, preparation, funding and training in support of homeland defense and civil support occurred over the past ten years, there remains significant room for improvement. All strategic documents dealing with national security include the imperative of responding to threats to and within the homeland, whether manmade or natural. The complexity of bringing together local, state, federal and non-governmental organizations into a coherent functioning organization is as daunting as the importance of the mission. The recommendation of this paper incorporates the reality of a shrinking United States military in size and capacity, and with the strong indicators of additional reductions, it is imperative to look at options from a holistic view. When, not if the military is required to respond to a catastrophic incident involving significant amounts of both civilian casualties and property damage it must be prepared to properly respond."
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