Skip to comments.Pentagon chief floats 'wholesale redesign' of U.S. border security
Posted on 02/24/2019 8:28:46 AM PST by jazusamo
EL PASO, Texas Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border that the government needs a broader, more effective approach to border control. He suggested the Pentagon might contribute with its expertise in surveillance and monitoring.
How do we get out of treating the symptoms and get at the root of the issue, Shanahan said in an interview while flying back to Washington.
Considering how the military could reinforce efforts to block drug smuggling and other illegal activity comes as the Pentagon weighs diverting billions of dollars for President Donald Trumps border wall.
Shanahan said he was not volunteering the Pentagon to take over any part of border control, which is the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security. But he said his visit led him to question whether there should be a wholesale redesign of the way border control is done by the federal government.
Shanahan said the Pentagon is willing to continue supporting the DHS but wants to see a longer-term solution.
I dont want to just add resources and not fix the problem, he said.
The Pentagon, for example, has agreed to temporarily provide active-duty troops to operate Border Patrol vehicles whose cameras can surveil wide areas along the border. Shanahan said this will free up the Border Patrol to do other important aspects of their mission. He said this is a function that could be developed more fully with the benefit of decades of U.S. military experience with ground and aerial reconnaissance and surveillance around the world.
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We can’t have something that can simply be turned off by future crooked politicians.
Amusing distraction. Just when will Trump exercise his clear constitutional authority and order the Army Corp of Engineers to build a wall/barrier to secure the southern border?
Sounds good to me.
“The root of the issue”, Mr. Secretary, is the Leftist Establishment who want to destroy America and her borders so they can realize their wet dream of Global Totalitarian Government.
THAT is the root issue of our border problems. The physical layout, lack of intelligence and surveillance are only SYMPTOMS of that root issue.
I think they’re inoculating themselves against a claim that Trump ordered resources that hurt our military preparedness—yes, as crazy as that claim is on the surface, given the military budget he won.
The Department of Homeland Security actually protecting the borders of the homeland. What a novel idea.
Exactly. I’ll have that nice, robust border wall thank you very much.
$5B-$6B is peanuts in the Defense budget. I would not be surprised if POTUS has the “wall” money baked into the Defense budget. Meaning no dimunition of readiness.
Make it so. Time to recognize we are under attack and being invaded; just not in the historical and traditional way.
Just when will Trump...................
Think again, do you want an efficient government?
Two bulls standing on the hill watching the new heifers come in. “Lets run down there and breed a couple of them”, said the young bull. “Lets walk down there and breed them all,” said the old bull.
and the bull story is exactly what this article is about.
Ok time for Interlocking Fields of Fire!
hmmmmm ..what will the crazies say if it’s the military that designs and implements excellent border security, but without “the wall”?
Landmines would be a good start.
And a moat with sharks with lasers attached to their heads.
I agree, the existing system hasn’t worked.
Build the barrier, consider more ways to enforce illegal entry along that barrier and at ports of entry and get Congress off their butts to revise our asylum laws.
Whats really needed is for Congress to remove the lures that entice people to come here. Theres not much DHS can do about the numbers coming our way until Congress does its job.
Quit pussy footing around and put armed troops on the border. Its not a violation of posse commatatus.
How do we get out of treating the symptoms and get at the root of the issue,
Cut off the welfare, EBT, free stuff, etc. Enforce eVerify for employment. ALL employment. The problem will solve itself. Their countries suck. Ours doesn’t...yet. Go fix your own country and stay out of ours.
and yet none of them including Trump are talking about turning off the magnet. Flat pi$$es me off.
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