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Border Security: Opportunities and Pitfalls by Jennifer Scholtes, Rob Margetta

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Opportunities and Hazards

The type of border security buildup seen in the Southwest seems to promise windfalls for contractors working on everything from radios to advanced cameras and aerial drones. Washington continues to invest heavily in boots on the ground, meaning the government will need, among other things, more boots.

“We’re going to invest in sensors. We’re going to invest in towers.We’re going to invest in people. We’re going to invest in boats,” said Carter. “We’re going to invest in a little bit of everything.”

Carter said he has a wish list including a new road for Border Patrol agents from El Paso to Brownsville, but his primary focus is on tools that will help law enforcement determine exactly who’s crossing the Southwest border, ...

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