Core Competencies Of Homeland Security

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The fight to control illegal immigration, trafficking, and terrorism is a continual effort of the United States and others as they consider human rights and a law enforcement approach to control the borders. In 2014, US Customs and Border Protection ran an ad called “Dangers Campaign” in South America as a mass outreach to warn people of the dangers of migration (Kaneti & Assis, 2016, p. 296). This low-cost approach pales in comparison to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) overall manpower of a quarter million employees and an annual budget exceeding $60 billion dollars annually. DHS’s number one priority is preventing terrorism and enhancing security by a layered infrastructure on land, in the air, and on the sea (DHS Budget, 2016, p. 2). Aside from preventing terrorism, it is the department’s job to secure and manage the borders with front-line personnel, technology, and infrastructure to reduce illegal immigrants and contraband while allowing legal trade and travel (DHS …show more content…
Virgin Islands (U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 2016). The core competencies of AMO fall into four wide-ranging categories: interdiction, investigation, domain awareness, and contingency operations. Through the use of aircraft and marine vessels, the agency is capable of tracking, intercepting, and apprehending targets of interest and disrupting illicit trade moving across land and sea into the United States (U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 2016). AMO employs advanced electronic systems installed on aircraft and marine vessels that allow them to operate in a wide variety of missions and national security events. U.S. borders provide a nexus to threats eluding law enforcement, and this situation creates a need for rapid responses through the use of sophisticated aircraft and maritime

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