Archives: 'Border Security'

Doug Bedell — February 8, 2017, 5:03 pm

The Border Wall: Solid or See-Through?

Discussion continues on the nature of the wall to be built along the U.S.–Mexican border, and retired Marine General John Kelly, the new Homeland Security secretary, will have to sort it all out, in consultation, we presume, with President Trump. Not everybody wants a dense, solid barrier. Government Security News reports that “Border Patrol agents […]

Doug Bedell — July 27, 2016, 2:31 pm

Border Patrol Training In the Spotlight

Here, on the Homeland Security Department’s site, is one of the most challenging security jobs we can currently imagine – membership in the U.S. Border Patrol. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowski has overall responsibility for border security and Dan M. Harris, Jr., is the new Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol […]

Doug Bedell — June 29, 2016, 1:08 pm

What About the Security Implications of Brexit?

The British electorate’s vote to leave the European Union “could have profound foreign policy consequences, weakening the web of Western institutions and alliances that have helped guarantee international peace, stability, and security for the 70 years since the end of World War II,” a writer for Government Security News notes. “‘Brexit’ has no direct effect […]

Doug Bedell — November 9, 2015, 11:36 am

European Refugees: Vibes Aren’t Great for Security

Well down into a Government Security News interview with Robert Liscouski, a veteran security professional, is this warning about the flood of refugees arriving in Europe from the Middle East: “Most want a better life. Some are committed to ISIS, Al Qaeda and other radical organizations. It’s virtually impossible to determine which is which. In […]

Doug Bedell — July 15, 2015, 10:37 am

Report on Customs and Border Protection Urges Reforms

The importance of well-trained, accountable personnel as part of an effective security system is pointed up by the report of an Integrity Advisory Panel of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency noted on Government Security News. The report recommends “specific steps CBP should take in order to increase transparency, assure integrity, and ensure […]

Doug Bedell — July 8, 2015, 10:02 am

DHS Establishing New ‘Centers of Excellence’

Government Security News advises that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is spending millions – $9 million this year alone – on establishing three new Centers of Excellence around coastal resilience, managing risks to critical infrastructure and on border security, trade and immigration research. Part of the anticipated benefit will be in establishing greater long-term […]

Doug Bedell — March 11, 2015, 4:28 pm

Keep DHS Intact, Says Homeland Security Watch

Homeland Security Watch states the case against breaking up the Department of Homeland Security. Such a move evidently isn’t being seriously considered by Congress, but it evidently is favored by a Cato Institute writer. Dismantling DHS’, says HSW, would place the department’s coordinating role against terrorism and in disaster response at risk. “We’d be better […]

Doug Bedell — February 13, 2015, 12:05 pm

Cohesive Border Protection Depends Partly on Funding

Here’s a post by Richard Gil Kerlikowski, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on how budget uncertainty has been impacting border security, something that everybody wants. There must be a better way to sort our such matters politically, something else that lots of people want.

Doug Bedell — March 17, 2014, 11:00 am

Which Side of a Fence Post is the ‘Business’ Side?

What side of a fence post does the wire go on? You’ve probably never thought much about that. But if you’re a cattle raiser, it’s an existential question. Yes, security has its byways, urban or rural. Here illustrates one of them.

Doug Bedell — November 6, 2013, 5:12 pm

Smugglers Caught Despite Determined Digging

Mexican drug cartels provide an example of how determinedly smugglers can challenge security measures, and how they’re likely to be caught anyway. Working with local police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents recently detected and shut down a cross-border tunnel south of San Diego that was intended for heavy drug traffic. The tunnel, Government […]