From the thesis abstract: "This essay identifies current issues with the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) implementation methodologies for the national network of State Fusion Centers (SFCs). It begins with a discussion governing the question if we are safer as a nation due to the establishment of network of SFCs and provides a brief history of the development of DHS and SFCs. The paper then addresses four impediments that require strategic reevaluation and resolution prior to proceeding forward. They are the lack of federal forcing functions for improvement, DHS internal policies and politics, cultural challenges between federal and state authorities, and funding and sustainment issues. The essay then proposes several recommendations to enhance the capabilities of DHS and SFCs using the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities (DOTLMPF) methodology and concludes with a risk if not addressed."