Mitigating the Exploitation of U.S. Borders by Jihadists and Criminal Organizations

Steinmetz, Todd
August 2011
Journal of Strategic Security;Aug2011, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p29
Academic Journal
Following the events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Government began improving security in large population centers and near potential high-value terrorist targets. Included in these efforts was the development of a more robust border security program, with an emphasis on reducing the threat of terrorist infiltration at America's borders. However, nearly a decade after 9/11, terrorism and organized crime continue to pose significant threats to the United States. As many of these threats emanate from other nations, improved border security helps mitigate these threats. This article summarizes known terrorist activity along the U.S. northern and southern borders, and highlights the threat of organized crime in the southwest border region. Furthermore, it analyzes current border security efforts and identifies key deficiencies in the system. Finally, it provides a tool kit for future border security endeavors that center on developing a larger but more coordinated and nimble border security force, driven by intelligence, and supported by proven technologies and tactical infrastructure.


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