Capability Gaps Threatening CBP's Present and Future Operations   [open pdf - 598KB]

From the Abstract: "Thanks to an enduring burst of domestic populism, the United States is knee-deep in a tumultuous renegotiation of its superpower relationship with the world. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) faces two possible paths: transformation or trivialization. The agency either embraces the mission-creep demanded by this moment or surrenders responsibility to other government entities forced into greater action by larger political forces. CBP endures five capability gaps that threaten its ability to manage the operational fusion point now expanding between the homeland and national security communities. Fundamentally resource-starved, CBP lags on (1) mobilizing necessary human resources, (2) integrating new technologies, (3) managing a rapidly expanding interface with Defense, (4) developing next-generation leaders, and (5) erecting and harmonizing agency-wide planning, analytical, and risk-management systems. Comprehensively resolving these capability gaps is an existential imperative for CBP, which otherwise will not long survive its current 'time in the barrel.' Certainly, within a generation's time, CBP must evolve from a mere law-enforcement organization to a de facto federal technology enterprise on par with lead elements of the defense and intelligence communities. This necessary transformation will generate extraordinary management requirements, which, in turn, will mandate a radical upgrading of the agency's leadership development agenda. CBP's leadership-training programs should come to resemble - in strategic breadth and technological depth - those currently applied throughout the higher echelons of the national security community."

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Homeland Security Affairs (September 2019), v.15, article 3
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