While most attention has been focused on the practical and symbolic value of a physical wall, it has long been recognized by the president and senior members of his administration that a barrier system alone would not suffice to secure the border. Following the president’s visit to San Diego, senior DHS officials went to some lengths in an official press release to emphasize the importance of a multi-faceted approach to secure the border, one in which the wall would be an important but not singular capability. High tech sensor systems have long been a part of DHS’ strategy for securing this country’s borders. An example of a successful technology program along the border is the Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS), built by General Dynamics. I have written more about RVSS for RealClearDefense here.
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