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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tacticaldefensemedia.com 12 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE l Summer 2016 "CBP's mission is quite clear: First, we protect the American people. Second, we protect the national economy. And, third, we safeguard and manage the U.S. land, air, and maritime borders" Leadership Perspective part of this campaign, we created three pilot joint task forces – JTF West, JTF-East, and JTF-Intelligence. Our officers and agents also support the Integrated Border Enforcement Teams (IBET), which operate in 15 regions along the Northern border. The IBETs are intelligence-driven enforcement units comprised of U.S. and Canadian federal, state/provincial, and local law enforcement personnel and maximize border security efforts to thwart smuggling and other criminal cross- border activity. While there is still work to be done, these efforts are proving their worth: in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, Border Patrol apprehensions – an indicator of illegal migration – declined to 337,117 nationwide, compared to 486,651 the previous fiscal year. In FY 2015, CBP seized or disrupted the movement of more than 3.3 million pounds of narcotics and more than $129 million in unreported currency at and between our ports of entry. S&BP: How has the mission of CBP evolved in the past 15 years? Mr. Kerlikowske: When I was sworn in as Commissioner in March 2014, CBP was still a relatively new agency. Even after a decade, it was still feeling a few aftershocks from the formation of DHS in 2003. That's not surprising, given the fact that the creation of DHS consolidated 22 agencies into a single Cabinet agency. CBP itself brought together U.S. Customs, Border Patrol, immigration inspectors from Immigration and Naturalization Service, as well as the agriculture inspectors who had been part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Then we added the Air and Marine Office in 2005. But even as the structure of CBP has changed over the past 15 years, its mission has not. CBP's mission is quite clear: First, we protect the American people. Second, we protect the national economy. And, third, we safeguard and manage the U.S. land, air, and maritime borders. S&BP: How has your previous experience in law enforcement and drug policy influenced your current role as Commissioner? Mr. Kerlikowske: I come from four decades in law enforcement, so leading CBP's three uniformed components – CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske testifies on Capitol Hill. (Customs and Border Protection)

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