CBP Deputy Commissioner Shares Insights on Border Security, Technology Efforts
Nearly 900 government and private industry technology leaders and executives met at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington D.C. Feb. 22-24 for a conference focused on "Working Together Today for a More Secure Tomorrow." CBP's Office of Information and Technology's second Industry Day opened the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.
The goal was to share the latest border security achievements, current technology requirements and future procurement plans at the 10 annual AFCEA Homeland Security Conference. AFCEA is a non-profit association serving military, government, industry and academia concerning global security.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar provided a keynote address today highlighting CBP's border security efforts including continued growth of personnel, technology and infrastructure with an emphasis on collaboration to secure U.S. borders, especially in key areas along the southwest border such as Arizona.
Aguilar spoke about CBP's collective and collaborative achievements to nearly double the size of the Border Patrol since 2004 and construct nearly 650 miles of fencing along the Southwest Border. He emphasized that CBP focuses to reduce the illicit trafficking of people, drugs, currency, and weapons including additional screening for southbound traffic for all kinds of illegal contraband including bulk cash and weapons being smuggled to Mexico.
During the opening day of the conference, CBP's Office of Information Technology outlined the agency's upcoming technology support requirements. OIT Industry Day provided critical information to cutting-edge technology leaders about CBP's procurement needs. CBP is partnering with technology industry leaders to competitively meet CBP's future acquisition and technology support requirements to secure the borders and ports of entry.
In addition to CBP's contributions, various national and local homeland security and law enforcement leaders explained how technology advances have assisted them in protecting the homeland and the nation's capital. This included Former Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen (Ret.), who led the federal government's response efforts during many national disasters including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Washington, D.C., Chief of Police Cathy Lanier explained how the D.C. Police Department has greatly enhanced their use of technology including cameras positioned throughout the city, patrol cars equipped with advanced technology and hand held mobile devices to deter crime and terrorism in the nation's capital.
The AFCEA Homeland Security Conference has become one of the premier events in the Washington area to learn about the most current homeland security issues facing our nation in the fight against terrorism. Topics included interagency identity management collaboration, DHS and state and local information sharing and passenger and cargo screening.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.