Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it needs a fleet of 24
unmanned aerial vehicles to properly patrol the U.S. borders and aid
in national disaster relief, security officials now say. The
DHS would rather complete its anticipated UAV fleet as quickly as
possible, but is only receiving enough funds to purchase
one Predator aircraft every year.The use of UAVs
typically has been combat oriented, but can be used for a wide
variety of tasks over U.S. territory. The DHS previously
announced it plans to use UAVs to help
patrol the Mexican borders for illegal immigrants sneaking
across -- and more importantly, according to some security experts,
the drug and human smuggling groups that move freely across the
border.DHS officials will use its fleet to monitor both the
Canadian and Mexican borders, and wants to have the capability of
launching a UAV and reaching anywhere in the continental U.S. within
three hours. The U.S. Coast Guard recently finished testing the
Guardian UAV as part of its unmanned maritime response
movements.Another problem the DHS will have to deal with is
increased competition for experienced UAV pilots and sensor operators
-- the select few that aren't currently in the military are quickly
snapped up by private contractors and other government agencies.
quote: When people's mere existence in a country is a serious crime, there is something fundamentally wrong.
quote: Migration precedes the state system, the international system, and all contemporary laws and norms - quite simply it is a fundamental constant of human existence. No number of UAV's will change that.