Securing the Maritime Border: The Future of CBP Air and Marine, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, July 14, 2015 [open pdf - 242KB]
This is the July 14, 2015 hearing on "Securing the Maritime Border: The Future of CBP Air and Marine," held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Candice S. Miller: "From the Great Lakes to the coast of California to the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Central American transit zones, the maritime security components of the Department of Homeland Security have a lot of sea to cover, and as a result, they must coordinate effectively, share intelligence to understand the threat, and smartly position resources to stop it. The need for maritime domain awareness or the ability to understand where illicit traffic is most likely to occur cannot be understated. Without this understanding, drugs will continue to transit the maritime corridors and migrants will make the perilous journey to this country. Radar coverage of the Great Lakes and other areas along the border is far from complete, which could allow low-flying aircraft, it does actually allow, low-flying aircraft and vessels to move drugs and other contraband with ease. Within Customs and Border Protection, CBP's Office of Air and Marine has a fleet of over 280 marine vessels and more than 250 aircraft, making it essentially the largest civilian law enforcement air force in the world. They have enormous responsibility to interdict drugs and migrants using the sea as a means to enter the country." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Randolph D. Alles and John Roth.
Serial No. 114-25
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