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Overcoming transnational threats requires teamwork with a range of partners. When constructing integrated layers of security, each layer may be the responsibility of a different entity, including governments as well as various commercial, regulatory, intelligence, diplomatic, military and law enforcement entities. Integrating these disparate security layers involves unity of effort, shared responsibility, partnership and mutual support.

Through a wide range of working groups, networks, councils, teams and meetings at headquarters and at air and marine branches around the country, AMO personnel coordinate directly with the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorneys' Office and other federal agencies.

Senior Guidance Team
A chartered team of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to improve overall near and long-term efficiency and effectiveness.

Common Unmanned Aircraft Systems Joint Program Office
AMO and USCG formed this group to identify and address common requirements. Examples of this coordination include USCG personnel assigned to AMO Headquarters and USCG pilots who have completed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) aircrew training.

North American Aerospace Defense Command/NORTHCOM
The AMOC works with its NORAD partners in air security and defense operations with Air Forces North (AFNORTH) and the Western and Eastern Air Defense Sectors (WADS and EADS).

Unmanned Aircraft System Executive Committee
AMO participates in this Executive Committee, whose chartered members - DHS, NASA, FAA and DOD - address policy and procedure matters related to UAS access to the National Airspace System.

Joint Task Force-North (JTF-N)
AMO coordinates for DOD support to air operations through a JTF-N liaison stationed at the AMOC and an AMO liaison stationed at JTF-N.

Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South)
AMO holds the Vice-Director role and other leadership positions within JIATF South.

El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC)
AMO details personnel to this interagency coordination center.

Border Enforcement Security Team (BEST)
Homeland Security Investigations-led investigative teams formed from multiple agencies, including USBP, AMO and OFO.

Air and marine branches throughout the United States work with state and local law enforcement agencies to identify law enforcement trends and problems. These mutually beneficial partnerships allow AMO to help interdict criminal activity by sharing information, gathering intelligence, and reaching out to the community. AMO also helps agencies with investigative efforts related to gang activity, organized criminal activity and drug trafficking. Several branches also participate on working groups to address concerns specific to their area of responsibility, like human migration and smuggling across borders, maritime smuggling and port security.

Branches also work with state and local law enforcement agencies to respond to disasters such as flooding and wildfires. AMO provides air and marine assistance to relief efforts.

Border Intelligence Center (BIC)
A formal co-location of multiple agency intelligence personnel, including USBP, AMO, OFO, ICE-HSI, State Department, USCG, New York State Police and CBP intelligence analyst personnel, to ensure a fusion of intelligence information and streamlined dissemination.

Marine Coordination
At a number of coastal locations, AMO personnel participate with USCG, ICE and other federal, state and local representatives at maritime operations centers, unified commands and task forces.

AMO works with international governments and law enforcement agencies to interdict smuggling, share information, and conduct training. International partnerships have helped AMO expand their capabilities beyond the borders, allowing for law enforcement coordination to stop contraband before it reaches the United States' borders.

Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC)
The USCG, Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), CBP and the Mexican government assign operations personnel and staff officers to the AMOC as technical experts and interagency coordinators.

Information Analysis Center (IAC)
AMO works with Mexican authorities through its personnel assigned to the American Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico. AMO works with Mexico Federal Police (SSP) and Mexico Attorney General (PGR) liaisons stationed at the AMOC.

Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG)
This interagency effort was formalized in 2006 to combat illegal traffic traversing the Mona Passage, a strait that separates Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.

Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET)
AMO participates in this law enforcement initiative comprised of CBP, USCG, ICE and the RCMP and Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) from Canada.