Border Security Gadgets, Gizmos, and Information: Using Technology to Increase Situational Awareness and Operational Control, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, May 24, 2016 [open pdf - 2MB]
This testimony is from the May 24, 2016 hearing "Border Security Gadgets, Gizmos, and Information: Using Technology to Increase Situational Awareness and Operational Control," held before the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security. From the statement of Martha McSally: "The southwest border of the United States is home to nearly 2,000 miles of majestic, yet rugged and often treacherous terrain. Terrain that makes Border Patrol access, in some remote areas a near impossible proposition. Manpower alone, while essential, will never be enough to secure the border. In order to enhance situational awareness, we need to leverage technological force multipliers that provide persistent surveillance across wide swaths of remote areas along the border. Technologies such as cameras, night vision devices, motion sensors, and surveillance equipment, have become critical elements of our border security operations. These technologies have enhanced agent safety, provided constant monitoring of difficult to access areas, and extended situational awareness and the ability to interdict criminal activity. [...] Situational awareness is contingent on feeding information from centralized operations centers, far from the border, down to the individual agent level, so they can respond accordingly. Technology has to be focused on meeting the immediate needs of the agent and not stove piped in a command center." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ronald Vitiello, Randolph D. 'Tex' Alles, Mark Borkowski, and Rebecca Gambler.
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