AST Digital Magazine April 2016 - Page 12

4 3 Volume 3 effective fixed and mobile systems, CBP gains more coverage and situational awareness of surveillance gaps, and increases its ability to adapt to changing conditions to effectively detect, identify, classify, track, and interdict potential threats along the borders. From the Air and the Sea AMO increases CBP’s situational awareness, enhances its detection and interdiction capabilities, and extends our border security zones, offering greater capacity to stop threats prior to reaching the Nation’s shores. Through the use of coordinated and integrated air and marine capabilities – including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), tethered aerostats and patrol and interdiction vessels – AMO detects, interdicts, and prevents acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs, and other contraband toward or across U.S. borders. AMO conducts critical aerial and maritime surveillance, interdiction, investigation, and multi-domain awareness law enforcement operations, in addition to providing assistance to ground personnel. As conditions on the ground or in the approaches change, CBP will adjust its operational posture and will continue to invest and focus border security resources in the most effective and efficient way possible to meet the Nation’s border security needs. Intelligence and Information Sharing Criminal intelligence-sharing is a key component in building situational awareness efforts along the Northern and Southwest borders. CBP and component agencies contribute to several initiatives to improve the combined intelligence capabilities of Federal, state, local, tribal, and international partners. Through these bilateral initiatives, the United States, working closely with Canada and Mexico, jointly address issues pertaining to border management, including border violence, managing the flow of legitimate travelers, and strengthening border security. Indicators of Success Thanks to the support of Congress, the Nation’s long-term investment in border security continues to produce significant and positive results. DHS uses many different types of metrics to assess our performance in managing our security risks and facilitation responsibilities. It is important to emphasize that there is no single number or target level that can capture the full scope of our border security efforts. Instead, there are a series of important indicators that we use to assess our performance, evaluate trends, and refine our operations. Border Patrol apprehensions – an indicator of illegal entries – totaled 337,117 nationwide in FY 2015, compared to 486,651 in FY 2014. This represents a more than 30 percent decline in the last year and almost 80 percent below its most recent peak in FY 2000. CBP Page 11 April 2016 Edition officers and agents also played a critical counternarcotics role, resulting in the seizure or disruption of more than 3.3 million pounds of narcotics in FY 2015. In addition, the agency seized more than $129 million in unreported currency through integrated counter network operations. In FY 2015, AMO contributed to the arrest of 4,485 suspects, the apprehension of more than 51,130 individuals, and the interdiction of more than 213,000 pounds of cocaine. DHS recognizes the need for relevant performance measures to verify the effectiveness of our operations and assets. Furthermore, as border security operations become increasingly integrated, the ability to quantify individual contributions to shared outcomes becomes increasingly complex. DHS will continue to collaborate with internal and external partners to enhance current metrics, and develop new metrics, that provide meaningful outcome-focused measurements of illegal activity, trends, and effectiveness. We look forward to sharing these efforts with these Subcommittees in the future. Conclusion DHS has significantly increased its border security capabilities by adding thousands of frontline law enforcement personnel, and making substantial investments in infrastructure, situational awareness and surveillance technology, strategically deplo 啐