Perspectives

IDGA border management

After action report

Protecting the United States’ land, air, and sea borders is a 24/7, 365 days a year kind of job. Government and commercial stakeholders alike must constantly adapt to the changing threat environment. The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement’s Border Management Summit 2015, held on February 23-25 in Washington, DC, convened key leaders from federal, state, and local agencies to discuss the latest challenges related to border management and protection in the United States.

“To defeat the enemy, we must be nimble.”

– Chief Michael Fisher, US Border Patrol

Moving from reactive to predictive information

Many of the Summit’s presentations and discussions centered on how information and technology can be used to mitigate the challenges of the rapidly evolving environment in which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operates. In discussion of issues like biometric identification technologies, “smart borders,” and tool and technology integration, a need for a collective paradigm shift from reactive to predictive information and technology emerged. This paradigm shift is a necessary next step to ultimately evolve faster than adversaries and proactively address threats.

Making this move from reactive to predictive information and technology is going to require changes in the way we develop, deploy, and utilize our resources in the protection of our borders.

Three key strategies emerged:

  • Creating an enabling environment for innovation: supporting unified research and development (R&D) initiatives within government, leveraging innovative technology from the private sector, and creating policies that facilitate information sharing and collaborative ideation
  • Using risk-based prioritization: developing strategic and operational analytical capabilities, such as geospatial intelligence, to prioritize strategies and threats and inform the deployment of resources
  • Leveraging strategic partnerships: seeking out opportunities for the mutual exchange of resources and ideas both in times of emergency and day-to-day operations
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