New Requirements for a New Challenge: The Military's Role in Border Security   [open pdf - 361KB]

"U.S. border security is not what it used to be. Over the last three decades America's concerns have steadily escalated from what was once as much a humanitarian issue as a security issue, to concerns over paramilitary violence, organized crime, and international terrorism. The requirements to meet these concerns have likewise increased, to the point that anything less than an interagency and intergovernmental response will inevitably leave the nation's citizenry vulnerable to a new and expanding series of threats. The new threats portend a new challenge for the military, both active and reserve components. From the United States Northern Command through to the individual state's National Guard our leadership will be required to revisit its thinking, motivation, and ethos in addressing this particular 'law enforcement' requirement. It will require our government to decide which entities from the depth and breadth of its capabilities are best postured, best equipped, and best trained to meet the trials that lay ahead."

2008 Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Posted here from Lessons Learned Information Sharing database (LLIS). Documents are for personal use only and copyright laws apply.
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Homeland Security Affairs (October 2008), v.4 no.3, article 4
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