Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

Spring 2017

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

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we are amplifying coordination and information sharing capabilities, enhancing operational capabilities and leveraging the department's and our partner's resources for more efficiency. The task force expanded access to traditional component-centric systems by establishing a true joint environment where enforcement personnel could leverage the breadth of information and authorities of the Department to target every level of these criminal networks. To achieve unity of effort, our headquarters is currently staffed with permanent and detailed personnel from CBP, ICE, USCIS, USCG, and Department of Defense liaisons. This allows the JTF-W to bet- ter coordinate a law enforcement response and to support corridor efforts as they engage against TCOs. S&BP: From a partnering perspective, how is JTF-W working to partner with other government entities and industry to broaden and strengthen capability implementation? Dir. Beeson: Recognizing DHS is not alone in the fight against TCOs, JTF-W, through the four JTF-W Corridors, actively partner with numerous other federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, as well as international partners. The staff from the represented components, both at the headquarters and corridor level, coordinates efforts related to intelligence, operations, logistics, administration, and external and international engagement. We further support the efforts of DHS in external outreach and engagement with other federal partners such as the Departments of Justice, State, and Defense. In the international arena, JTF-W prioritizes efforts to advance border and regional security in alignment with DHS's International Engagement Strategy, and by supporting binational programs with the government of Mexico, and in the near future, Central America. These initiatives, which are coordinated through existing mecha- nisms at the component and Department attaché level, advance border security through binational partnerships, foreign country capacity building, and enhanced international engagement. These partnerships are critical to JTF-W's ability to coordinate operations to disrupt and dismantle TCOs engaged in illicit smug- gling activities across the JOA. S&BP: Any other challenges/goals that JTF-W is addressing going forward in 2017? Dir. Beeson: President Trump recently issued two executive orders directing additional tools and resources for securing the southern border to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism. The executive orders also prioritize enforcement of Federal law to thwart TCOs and other groups engaged in illicit activities which present a threat to public safety and national security. Pursuant to the executive orders, JTF-W will implement enhanced operations directed at disrupting TCOs. Working with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, the JTF-W will target individuals and organizations whose criminal conduct undermines border security or the integrity of the immigration system including offenses related to alien smuggling or trafficking, drug trafficking, illegal entry and reentry, visa fraud, identity theft, unlawful possession or use of official documents, and acts of violence committed against persons or property at or near the border. We will take all appropriate steps to create an environment of non- permissiveness by implementing the provisions of the President's executive orders which support the Department's efforts to disrupt and dismantle TCOs that are fortifying their illicit networks in the border region. Moving forward, JTF-W, through our coordination and collabo- ration efforts, will support the Department's vision for the JTFs to enhance operations directed at disrupting TCOs impacting the Southwest border. Our efforts remain focused on human smuggling TCOs and illicit networks, while additionally targeting those involved in drug trafficking, currency smuggling, and other related cross- border crimes. Through integration and coordination efforts, JTF-W continues prioritizing efforts to disrupt and dismantle TCOs and illicit networks presenting the greatest risk to the Homeland. DHS is embarking on a new era of joint operational planning and operations. TCOs recognize no borders or authorities. The only way to attack an enemy of this nature is to leverage the collective capabilities of DHS, partner agencies, and governments. 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