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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COORDINATING JOINT ASSETS FOR BORDER DEFENSE Paul A. Beeson assumed the duties as Director of Joint Task Force – West (JTF-W) of DHS' Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan (SBACP) on Dec. 15, 2016. Previously Director Beeson was the Commander of the Joint Task Force – West, Arizona (JTF-W Arizona) and Chief of the Tucson Sec- tor Border Patrol. As JTF-W Arizona Commander, Director Beeson was responsible for implementing higher level strategic guidance from the Joint Task Force – West and Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) through command, control and coordination of CBP operational functions within the state of Arizona. Besides JTF-W Arizona roles and responsibilities, Director Beeson oversaw Tucson Sector encompassing the tactical and strategic opera- tion of eight stations and about 4,200 personnel who secure 262 linear miles of border. With an increase in infrastructure, officer corps numbers, and force multiplier technologies, the Tucson Sector lead the nation in drug seizures and has realized marked success in reduced flow of illegal entries and apprehensions. Director Beeson entered on duty Feb. 25, 1985 with the U.S. Border Patrol as a member of Class 174. His first duty assignment as a Border Patrol Agent was at the Laredo South Station. In July 1988, he transferred to the Dallas Station. Throughout his career, Director Beeson has served in various leadership positions, starting with his promotion to Supervi- sory Border Patrol Agent in February 1992 at the Border Patrol Academy. In November 1995, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Patrol Agent at the Border Patrol Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. In June 1997, he transferred to the Central Regional Office of Border Patrol as a Deputy Assistant Regional Director until February 2001, when he was promoted to Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, El Paso Sector. While in El Paso, he took an assignment to the Border and Transportation Security Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washing- ton, DC serving as the Border Patrol's principal liaison. He returned to El Paso in November 2005 and was promoted to Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the El Paso Sector. In July 2007, he was promoted to the Senior Execu- tive Service as Chief Patrol Agent, Yuma Sector, where he served until November 2010, when he transferred to assume command of the San Diego Sector as Chief Patrol Agent. In December 2014, he transitioned to the JTF-W Arizona. Director Beeson holds a bachelor's degree in business studies from Dallas Baptist University. He is a graduate of the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Govern- ment and of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations and completed the National Defense University CAPSTONE program in 2011. Interview conducted by Security & Border Editor Kevin Hunter Paul A. Beeson Director, Joint Task Force - West DHS Southern Border Approaches Campaign S&BP: Please speak to your role as Director, Joint Task Force-West. Dir. Beeson: My role is to coordinate selected Department of Homeland Security (DHS) component operational activities through integrated staffs in order to address Secretary approved operational priorities directed at disrupting, degrading and dismantling transnational criminal organizations. Additionally, I continuously assess the effectiveness and impact of Joint Task Force-West (JTF-W) efforts to ensure they achieve Southern Border and Approaches Campaign (SBAC) objectives. S&BP: From a distinctly Southern Border challenges perspective, please speak to some key areas of evolution to present day and current focus. Dir. Beeson: This is a border that has evolved over the years. I remember, as a young agent, a time when I would arrest the same person multiple times during a shift, and the Service was making more than a million arrests in a year. The evolution that I have seen and experienced first-hand, is an organization that has grown through better training and technology, enabling us to respond more effectively to disincentivize smuggling, trafficking and illegal immigration. When DHS was created in 2002 in direct response to the 9/11 ter- rorist attacks, 22 Executive Branch agencies were grouped under one umbrella to focus on homeland security. As a result there has been LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE 6 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2017

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