US/Canada border security

Post summit report

The US and Canada have been long-time partners in border security and management; however, the last several years have seen an increased level of interoperability and shared intelligence efforts. In December 2011, the US and Canada agreed to the Beyond the Border Declaration and Action Plan, demonstrating a formal commitment to establishing a new perimeter approach to security and trade.

5,500 miles of shared border. Diverse environments, waterways, terrain, and weather. Dozens of agencies and programs responsible for public safety and law enforcement. Two nations, working together to secure the border, facilitate trade, and promote safe travel.

Beyond the border vision

The US/Canada Border Security Summit, held in April 2012, brought together thought leaders and key policy-makers across local, state, provincial, and federal law enforcement for discussion and debate on ways to drive forward the Beyond the Border vision.

Deloitte, through its member firms, was one of the first organizations called upon to serve the US government and our commercial clients worldwide in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Deloitte provided commercial best practices and access to worldwide expertise to establish the information sharing and communications systems for the Transportation Security Administration.  These efforts have continued in support of the US Department of Homeland Security.

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Post-summit report highlights

This post-summit report highlights the key themes discussed by leaders in the border security mission, including a view of the collaborative work already underway to enhance individual and shared border security efforts, an analysis of the challenges faced by both countries in order to implement the Beyond the Border strategy, and a look forward to the future of a risk-based, intelligence-driven joint vision for supply chain security at the US/Canada border.

Topics addressed include:

  • Creation of force multipliers – understanding how bilateral collaboration and whole-of-government approaches can exponentially increase national security information sharing and intelligence capabilities
  • The next generation of identity management – developing unified standards for how fingerprints, facial recognition, and other forms of biometrics can be collected and shared to drive the facilitation of travel between countries and the identification of high-risk individuals
  • Emerging tools for border security – building towards the interoperability of technology solutions, systems, and data to create new avenues for information sharing and establish a common operating picture

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