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Border Aerial Surveillance Platform Development Future is Unclear

Effectively monitoring activity along a 2,000-mile international boundary is no easy task. For decades, various US government agencies have used different types of systems – from human to radar to completely invisible – to detect illegal border crossings and facilitate interdiction of unauthorized traffic by federal agents. Arguably, the most valuable of these systems is… Keep Reading

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Cross-Border and Interoperable Communications Challenges Abound for Border Patrol

Any law enforcement officer can tell you how critical it is to have reliable communications, both in the field between officers, as well as with dispatch and stations or precincts. However, Border Patrol agents work in an environment that isn’t always conducive to good communication systems, and often can be downright hostile. Agents also don’t… Keep Reading

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Border Security and the War on Drugs

  Drugs. It is an issue that has garnered a great deal of attention for decades. It has even made its way into the current presidential election. Candidates on both sides have pushed the issue strongly, especially in New Hampshire where the drug epidemic is becoming increasingly catastrophic. So, where do the drugs come from? How… Keep Reading

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Handheld Drug Detection Devices Augment Border Agent Capabilities

  It’s not enough for law enforcement officers working along the Southwest border to simply detect illegal drugs. They must use a variety of methods at their disposal to do this, from the über-reliable narcotics detection dogs (or K-9s) to handheld devices called Busters that can detect vehicle structure anomalies. Agents also have at their… Keep Reading

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Biometric Solutions: Are They Really Bolstering Border Security Efforts?

Imagine for a moment that you can quickly pass your hand in-between two screens and within seconds have your full identity and background laid out in front of a US government agency. Or, that you can painlessly gaze into a machine’s touchless ocular device and have the same thing happen. This is the fundamental nature… Keep Reading

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C-TPAT: Time for a Revival?

In the wake of the tragic September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) has been an important tool supporting the nation’s efforts to secure the global supply chain while facilitating the secure and efficient flow of legitimate cargo. Launched in November 2001, C-TPAT is a voluntary program in which Customs and… Keep Reading

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Disrupting Border Crime with Advanced Crime Analytics

It’s a recipe that no doubt adds to an already stressful job for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other law enforcement agencies charged with securing our nation’s ports of entry.  On the one hand there’s large and increasing volumes of cargo and traffic, and on the other hand increasingly sophisticated and well-organized smugglers and… Keep Reading

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Transforming the Visa Process through Integrated Intelligent Technology

Last November, President Obama issued a memorandum to the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies requesting high-level recommendations for modernizing and streamlining the immigrant and non-immigrant visa system for the 21st century. The memorandum noted the current system is “confusing to travelers and immigrants, burdensome to businesses and results… Keep Reading

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A New Way to Protect Our Borders: The Portable Radiological Tripwire

In the early twentieth century, we charged mounted inspectors of the US. Immigration Service with protecting the country’s borders, but gave them few tools to assist with coordinated enforcement. By the mid-1920s, there was an impetus to make necessary enhancements to border security. This led to the Immigration Acts of 1921 and 1924 which placed… Keep Reading

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A Critique of House HS Committee Blueprint for Southern Border Security

Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, recently released a Blueprint for Southern Border Security. In announcing his Blueprint, McCaul said, “Securing our borders is first and foremost a national security issue. We must identify the threats and be able to respond quickly, but we can’t do either without seeing the… Keep Reading

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Mass Migration Contingency Plans Weren’t Activated

Rather than the Obama administration and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) taking the approach it has to deal with the surge in illegal aliens that has overwhelmed US Border Patrol and law enforcement resources in Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector in Texas – top Border Patrol officials in the RGV could have “pulled… Keep Reading

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Texas Border Agencies Should Monitor New Plan to Secure Tamaulipas State

Few parts of Mexico represent the violent tendencies of the drug war as well as what’s happening in Tamaulipas state, whose long panhandle touches half of Texas’ southern border. The region has long been ground zero for a war between the bloodthirsty Los Zetas transnational criminal organization (TCO) and the decades-old Gulf Cartel, whose internal… Keep Reading

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Keeping a Wary Eye on Mexico’s New Militias

The Mexican states of Michoacán and Guerrero are part of the country’s Tierra Caliente, or “hot land” — a region known for its high temperatures. These days, however, the region is better known as a hot spot for violent clashes between Mexican government forces, transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and homegrown vigilante groups, which are militias… Keep Reading

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Measuring the Impact of Pot Legalization on Mexican TCOs

The expression “Happy New Year!” took on a slightly different meaning in Colorado, where recreational use of marijuana became legal as of Jan. 1, 2014. The State of Washington passed a similar measure late last year, and those regulations are set to take effect later this year. While the debate over the wisdom of passing… Keep Reading

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Social Media Has Intelligence Value for Border Agencies

It’s not just pretty young girls who love to pose with the pouty “duck face” for their Facebook profile photos. Meet “Broly,” a supposed member of the Mexico-based Knights Templar transnational criminal organization (TCO), whose come-hither expressions are plastered all over social media. You can find images of Broly with his gold-plated AK-47s, masked and… Keep Reading

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Cross-Border Intelligence Sharing with Canada Often Overlooked

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, US politicians and citizens alike have been concerned about a repeat performance by Al Qaeda or some kind of internal attack by members of Hezbollah already living in the United States. Due to our porous Southwest border with Mexico, numerous articles have been written in the past… Keep Reading

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Money Laundering: The Unseen Crime Across Invisible Borders

Money laundering is an activity inherent to transnational crime. But it isn’t something many people associate with border security. In fact, money laundering is one of the most blatant forms of trespassing in the world. Billions of dirty dollars cross international borders every day. They’re the proceeds from an untold number of crimes that need… Keep Reading

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CBP and Border Patrol: Sharing Intelligence and a Love of Dogs

The US Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector Headquarters building in the southeastern part of the city isn’t all that it seems. Last month I got to spend a day here learning more about the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Border Patrol canine (K9) program, and to say I was impressed by what I saw is… Keep Reading

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