Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Joint Operations with State, Local, and Tribal Partners [open pdf - 410KB]
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) unmanned aircraft system program contributes to each of Air and Marine Operations' (AMO) four operational core competencies: interdiction, investigation, domain awareness, and contingencies and national taskings. As illustrated in the Air and Marine Operations Vision 2025, these core competencies directly align with and contribute to CBP goals and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) missions. Domain awareness is the observation of the operating domain (e.g., land or maritime) and understanding the baseline information associated with the domain. Domain awareness operations result in the detection of illegal activity along the border areas of the United States. AMO's domain awareness has improved vastly with the advent of the Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar and SeaVue Radar systems. The UAS's [unmanned aircraft systems] high-endurance capability, coupled with an electro-optical/infrared camera and interchangeable radar payloads, allows CBP to detect and track illegal land and maritime cross-border activity. The UAS have the ability to transmit real-time information such as full-motion video and synthetic aperture radar cueing to a common operating picture, which is passed to ground agents for tactical response. This capability contributes to high domain awareness throughout any type of operation, enhancing mission execution, officer safety, and evidence collection."
Department of Homeland Security: https://www.dhs.gov/