Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

SUM 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 12 of 35 S&BP and CST & CBRNE l Summer 2016 | 11 Leadership Perspective Border Securitization Mr. R. Gil Kerlikowske Commissioner U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) R. Gil Kerlikowske was nominated by President Obama and sworn in on March 7, 2014 as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, taking the helm of the 60,000-employee agency with a budget of $12.4 billion. Mr. Kerlikowske oversees the dual U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission of protecting national security objectives while promoting economic prosperity and security. As Commissioner, he runs the largest federal law enforcement agency and second largest revenue collecting source in the federal government. Most recently, he served as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Mr. Kerlikowske brings four decades of law enforcement and drug policy experience to the position. He formerly served nine years as the Chief of Police for Seattle, Washington. When he left, crime was at its lowest point in 40 years. Previously, he was Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, where he was responsible for more than $6 billion in federal assets. Mr. Kerlikowske was also Police Commissioner of Buffalo, New York. The majority of his law enforcement career was in Florida where he served in the St. Petersburg Police Department. He was elected twice to be President of the Major Cities Chiefs, which represents the largest city and county law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. He has received numerous awards and recognition for leadership, innovation, and community service. He served in the U.S. Army where he was awarded the Presidential Service Badge. Mr. Kerlikowske holds a B.A. and a M.A. in criminal justice from the University of South Florida. Interview conducted by S&BP Editor Scott Sharon • Supporting the President's National Security Strategy through counterterrorism efforts and disrupting transnational criminal networks; • Advancing comprehensive border security and management; • Enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness and promoting economic prosperity with our public, private and international partners; and • Promoting organizational integration, innovation, and agility. S&BP: What program are CBP currently working on in ways to tighten border security, i.e. illegal immigration, drug trafficking, etc.? Mr. Kerlikowske: Our border security efforts emphasize joint planning and intelligence sharing. Since I took office, we've taken several steps to bring greater unity to our enforcement efforts and to expand coordination with other agencies. One of the most significant steps we've taken involves our Southern Border and Approaches Campaign. That campaign – created at the direction of Secretary Johnson in May 2014 – integrates the activities of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) major operating components – CBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Coast Guard – at the field level. It harnesses department-wide assets and resources to amplify CBP's ability to secure the Southern border. In December 2014, as S&BP: Please speak to your role as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, goals and mission. Mr. Kerlikowske: CBP is America's front line, and our mission is extraordinarily complex. We enforce more than 400 laws related to trade, contraband, agricultural pests and diseases, and admissibility of individuals. The mission's sheer size and scope make it imperative that we partner with both the public and private sectors and the international community. These partnerships are essential to achieving our overarching goals:

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