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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increased resourcing, with an emphasis on manpower, technology and infrastructure. The one thing that has remained constant is that criminal organizations continue to operate. Since its formation, DHS has been building upon initiatives to unify the various agencies in the Department leading up to the creation of the SBAC in 2014. The establishment of three pilot Joint Task Forces (JTFs) followed to coordinate border security resources along the southern land and maritime border. Headquartered in San Antonio, JTF-W's joint operational area (JOA) includes the land border with Mexico, littorals along California and the Gulf of Mexico and the correspond- ing airspace spanning U.S. territorial land and waters. This area of operation is broken down into four corridors (South Texas, New Mexico/West Texas, Arizona and California) to streamline the prioritization and targeting of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) utilizing a whole of government approach to achieve unity of effort and engage with other government entities. These efforts paint a comprehensive picture that enables us to not only go after priority threats, but the networks that facilitate and support those threats. The Southwest border of the United States is a highly diverse environment with equally diverse threats to the security and safety of our communities along the border and throughout the United States. To success- fully address the smuggling and trafficking of aliens, narcotics, weapons, currency, and other illicit goods, we have realized as indi- vidual components that we can't do this alone. At present, JTF-West has seven DHS components co-located and working together throughout its JOA to collaborate and facili- tate TCO prioritization and targeting. The components include U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) U.S. Border Patrol (USBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), and Air and Marine Operations (AMO); U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforce- ment and Removal Operations (ERO); the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG); and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As the task force evolves and operations necessitate, we have the ability to realign personnel through the components so we can leverage the appli- cation of DHS authorities, assets, and partner expertise to deliver enhanced security and meet operational needs. S&BP: From a force preparation and equipping perspective, how is JTF-W addressing daily routine readiness and contingency preparedness? Dir. Beeson: We are a law enforcement agency and not a combatant command. Force preparation and equipping occurs at the component level. We add value by identifying TCOs and bringing a whole of government approach to apply consequences to disrupt and dismantle the criminal organizations JTF-W is uniquely situated to centralize mission requirements in order to expand information sharing and information technology systems across the Department. This allows us to target TCOs and those facilitating and supporting them at every level. Moving forward DHS Joint Task Force – West Director Paul A. Beeson gives Congressional testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hearing titled "A Dangerous and Sophisticated Adversary: The Threat to the Homeland Posed by Cartel Operations." (Photo courtesy of U.S. CBP) As part of the Joint Task Force-West construct, agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security- Investigations are integrated with representatives from different DHS agencies working to disrupt and dismantle Transnational Criminal Organizations along the southwest border. (Photo courtesy of U.S. CBP) LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE 8 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2017

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