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Authorities at Texas-Mexico Border Testing Surveillance Balloons

August 11th 2012   ·   6 Comments

Authorities at Texas-Mexico Border Testing Surveillance Balloons

In partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD), CBP will begin to test and evaluate whether equipment no longer being used by DoD can be re-purposed for CBP border security efforts in the United States.

This week in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, CBP will evaluate “aerostats,” large, balloon-like devices that would allow CBP personnel to view activity along the border. Additional equipment will be evaluated in the coming months.

CBP detects, identifies, monitors and responds to threats to our Nation’s borders. The evaluation of former DoD equipment and technology will support CBP’s ongoing efforts to leverage and maximize resources effectively and efficiently.


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Readers Comments (6)

  1. What’s new? There has a been a “balloon” outside Deming NM for years.

  2. This idea failed years ago…..Aerostats……remember? I do. The only thing they were good for is for guidance for groups.

  3. And good for the contractors who profit from the effort.

  4. Funny this is posted now…………..Have had them here in Arizona for many years

  5. Sorry Tommy…NOT remembering the “fail”? There are more now than EVER.

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