Role of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Border Security: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, July 15, 2010 [open pdf - 179KB]
From the opening statement: "We meet here today at a critical juncture at our Nation's border and homeland security. As 21st Century threats evolve, our country is facing new challenges that demand new solutions. At our northern and our southern border, we have taken critical steps to interdict the flow of illegal weapons, people, drugs, and cash. Since 2007, Congress has continued to increase border security funding. As a result, we have doubled the number of border patrol agents from 10,000 in 2004 to over 20,000 today. Still, our Nation's communities along our borders and coastal waters face a unique exposure to threats. To mitigate those risks, we have to deploy a combination of manpower, knowledge, and resources to strengthen our strategy for securing our borders. Unmanned aerial system and a remotely pilot aircraft, known as the UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles] , or the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, is a relative new means for providing real-time intelligence to combat illegal activity along our borders." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Henry Cuellar, Candice S. Miller, Bennie G. Thompson, Michael C. Kostelnik, Vincent B. Atkins, Nancy Kalinowski, John M. Allen, and John M. Allen.
Serial No. 111-75
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