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SOUTHWEST BORDER SECURITY TECHNOLOGYNEW PATH FORWARD
 
Results of the Department-wide Assessment of the SBI
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program
 
Since its inception, SBI
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has had continued and repeated technical problems, cost overrunsand schedule delays, raising fundamental questions about SBI
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’s ability to meet the needsfor technology along the border.
 
Soon after she became Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary Napolitano asked U.S.Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for an analysis of the SBI
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program. Based on thefindings from this analysis, in January 2010, Secretary Napolitano ordered a Department-wide assessment of the SBI
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program that incorporated an independent, quantitative,science-based “Analysis of Alternatives” to determine if SBI
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was the most efficient,effective and economical border security technology strategy available.
 
DHS has completed the first phase of the assessment, focused on the Arizona border wherehalf of all illegal border crossings currently occur.
 
This assessment—which combines the science based review with the input of U.S. BorderPatrol agents on the front lines and the Department’s leading science and technologyexperts—made clear that SBI
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cannot meet its original objective of providing a one sizefits all border security technology solution.
New Path Forward for Southwest Border Security Technology
 
As a result of the assessment, Secretary Napolitano has directed CBP to end SBI
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asoriginally conceived
 
and instead implement a new border security technology plan, whichwill utilize existing, proven technology tailored to the distinct terrain and population densityof each border region, including commercially available Mobile Surveillance Systems,Unmanned Aircraft Systems, thermal imaging devices, and tower-based Remote VideoSurveillance Systems. Where appropriate, this plan will also incorporate already existingelements of the former SBI
net 
program that have proven successful, such as stationary radarand infrared and optical sensor towers.
 
The new plan will utilize funding previously requested for SBI
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and provided in thecontinuing resolution. CBP intends to acquire all the technologies in the new plan, includingthe integrated fixed towers, through full and open competition.
 
Independent, quantitative, science-based assessments will continue along each sector of theSouthwest border in 2011 to determine the optimal combination of technology for eachregion.
 
Secretary Napolitano’s decision recognizes that there is no one size fits all solution to meetour border technology needs, but rather we must effectively deploy a wide range of proventechnology along the Southwest border.

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