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"DHS ends SBInet (Secure Border Initiative-Net) virtual fence" - towers, drones, mobile stations instead

 
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01/14/2011 05:17 PM

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"DHS ends SBInet (Secure Border Initiative-Net) virtual fence" - towers, drones, mobile stations instead
Taken from; [link to federalnewsradio.com]

DHS ends SBInet virtual fence, January 14, 2011 - 1:30pm, By Jolie Lee, Federal News Radio

"SBInet cannot meet its original objective of providing a single, integrated border security technology solution," Napolitano said.

The new border protection plan (Scroll down to read fact sheet - at link) will include commercially available technologies such as mobile surveillance systems, unmanned aircraft systems, thermal imaging devices, and tower-based remote video surveillance Systems. When appropriate, it will also use existing elements of SBInet, such as stationary radar infrared and optical sensor towers, according to the DHS statement.

The new plan will use funding previously requested for SBInet and provided in the continuing resolution.

In January 2010, Napolitano had ordered a departmentwide reassessment of the $6 billion-to-$8 billion program. Last year, Boeing, the contractor for the program, had its contract extended until November 2010.

The project has cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion for 53 miles of coverage, he said.

"I am glad that DHS and CBP [Customs and Border Protection] are finally listening to what we have been saying for years - that the sheer size and variations of our borders show us a one-stop solution has never been best," Thompson said.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) also applauded the decision to end SBInet.


The documents/fact-sheets, link through scribd, are;
SOUTHWEST BORDER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY NEW PATH FORWARD, and
REPORT ON THE ASSESSMENT OF THE SECURE BORDER INITIATIVE-NETWORK (SBInet) PROGRAM, which includes chapters such as OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SOUTHWEST BORDER INITIATIVE, MEASURING PROGRESS IN SECURING THE BORDER, technical details, and the 2011 budget.

Sorry about the caps, copied from doc.

March story from CNN hinting at the change;
[link to edition.cnn.com]

That $50m went where? From the fact-sheet; That $50 million is being used to acquire:
• 10 new backscatter radars for Border Patrol checkpoints (already delivered);
• 104 vehicle pursuit cameras for ports of entry (already delivered).
• 78 thermal imaging devices (48 already delivered, the remainder due by March 2011);
• 3 aerial observation cameras (delivery scheduled to begin March 2011); and
• At least 30 Mobile Surveillance Systems (MSS) (delivery scheduled to begin April 2011, exact quantity depending on final contract negotiations and pricing).

Also within the fact-sheet; The passage and signing of the 2010 Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act provides for additional capabilities to secure the Southwest border at and between our ports of entry and reduce the illicit trafficking of people, drugs, currency and weapons. Specifically, this bill provides:
- $14 million for improved tactical communications systems along the Southwest border;
- $32 million for two additional CBP unmanned aircraft systems;
- $176 million for 1,000 additional Border Patrol agents to be deployed between ports of entry;
- $68 million to hire 250 new CBP officers at ports of entry and to maintain 270 officers currently deployed to ports of entry;
- $80 million for 250 new ICE agents; and
- $6 million to construct two forward operating bases along the Southwest border to improve coordination of border security activities.

A 2007 story on the Boeing radar towers;
[link to www.engadget.com]

Last Edited by Pug on 01/14/2011 05:18 PM

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