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The Department of Homeland Security will likely have to wait a while before having a full UAV fleet

The 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.

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RE: These have the potential...
By knutjb on 8/17/2010 7:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is the politicians who are the ones made it difficult. We (the US collectively), unfortunately, keep returning the same bozos expecting a different result. This is easy to fix but with one side at the behest of the unions who don't want cheap labor but do want to have more voters so make it easy to unionize them i.e. card check. The other who has many businesses wanting the status quo with donations to match but profess the rule of law. It won't be easy but its not impossible.

Towards the end of Bush when he got a clue on this after the uprising over the legalizing push by congress. He went after businesses and that started to have a positive impact. He didn't need new laws they were already sitting there on the books, un-enforced.

The new regime has stopped that policy and only the bad economy keeps things from getting worse. Look at the recent ICE officers vocalizing that their politically appointed leadership is preventing them from upholding the law.

To fix this is functionally simple; enforce all the existing laws, keep the politics out, re-enact the worker visa program that the unions killed in 1964, and greatly increase the quotas for legal immigration.

Politics prevents this from happening so vote the current SOBs out. You scream loud enough for long enough and politicians will change their greedy behavior to the right behavior. It did start happening the last time politicians pushed for legalization. They won't tunnel under if businesses won't hire them. Supply and demand.

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