The southern border shared between Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. is an enormous economic gateway for the United States, but it requires control, safety and modernization to maintain it. Enforcing laws and securing the border is a top priority for the Department of Homeland Security. As time passes, the need for operator driven policies and solutions, modern devices, and fully integrated border becomes more crucial.
This year’s Border Management South Summit will aim to connect local, federal and state officials to discuss the top challenges and priorities in the field. Interactive group discussions and panels will address procurement initiatives and aligning border solutions with development of operators.
Presentation by Rose Marie Davis, Portfolio Acquisition Executive, Director, Innovation.Program.Acquisitions, Entry/Exit Transformation, Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Presentation by Dennis Michelini, Director of Air and Marine Operation, CBP
Over the past 3 years, border security has emerged as a top priority for DHS. In fact, over the past year, DHS has deployed an unprecedented level of personnel, technology, and resources to protect and secure our nation’s border. In FY20, DHS will invest upwards of $2 Billion out of a total budget of $49.7B into border security solutions. In addition, though Congress rejected the $5B requested to build a border wall in the FY20 Budget Request, the U.S. Supreme Court approved the administration’s request to divert $2.5 billion from the Pentagon’s Defense Budget to fund a border wall. Though this amount only adds up to about half the amount needed to complete the wall, construction of a 40 mile bollard wall along Arizona’s southern border is expected to commence in October.
However, smart, effective border management extends beyond the building of walls. The following infographic breaks down and highlights the cutting-edge border security solutions and programs DHS will be investing in over the course of FY20. Find out how these assets will support DHS’s broader mission of securing our borders from bad actors without sacrificing human dignity or hindering free, legal trade.
After taking a look at the six original investments included in the Department of Homeland Security's Budget request, we spoke with Nelson Balido, subject matter expert and Chairman of the 2018 Border Management Summit, to hear his thoughts how these priorities will play out in 2019. As well as:
We took a look at the latest technologies being utilized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to secure and manage the border. In FY 2018, CBP allocated $2.28 billion in funding towards their Procurement, Construction, and Improvements (PCI) account. Included within the PCI account was an itemized list of border security technology priorities. Additionally, the President's FY 2019 budget request provides crucial investments in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) technology to enhance the overall border security capabilities of front-line operations.
Just in the past few months, the Department of Homeland Security has implemented several new biometric initiatives by the border. Download this article to learn about the latest technological developments taking place in US border security.