Serial No. 109-60: How Can Technologies Help Secure Our Borders? Hearing before the Committee on Science, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, September 13, 2006 [open pdf - 5MB]
From the opening statement of committee chairman Sherwood L. Boehlert, "One of the Directorate's most important areas of responsibility is the subject of today's hearing: border security. There are many aspects of border security, a hot topic right now, but one essential aspect is certainly how to successfully deploy technology to help prevent or thwart illegal border crossings. My sense is that we haven't done a very good job of that so far. We haven't methodically thought through what technology to develop, how to deploy it, and how to integrate it with the people who will actually be apprehending those trying to cross the border illegally. We haven't come up with a clear, adequately funded plan to conduct the research needed to improve existing technologies and create new ones. And in Congress, we haven't thought comprehensively about border security, instead focusing on massive public works projects, like border fences. Hopefully, the Secure Border Initiative the Department of Homeland Security is in the process of implementing will start us down a more thoughtful and successful path." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sherwood L. Boehlert, Bart Gordon, Jerry F. Costello, Darlene Hooley, Lincoln Davis, Jay M. Cohen, Gordon Daniel Tyler, Jr., Peter R. Worch, Gervasio Prado and Gregory J. Pottie.
Serial No. 109-60
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