Major programs within CBP

Integrated Surveillance Intelligence System:> formerly known as the Surveillance and Sensor Technology program, this Border Patrol project is intended to increase the effectiveness of the 12,000 Border Patrol agents deployed along the northern and southern U.S. borders. A recent pilot phase has fielded unmanned aerial vehicles over mountains and deserts along the Southwestern border to detect drug and migrant smugglers.

Container Security Initiative: CBP plans to increase its customs agent staff, so far deployed at 20 overseas ports, to prescreen seaborne cargo. The initiative is slated for a base funding level of $101 million to be supplemented by $25 million in 2005, partly to install online customs systems that the agents can use to access CBP systems via broadband links.

Targeting Systems Enhancement: This program, slated to get about $21.6 million next year, is intended to upgrade CBP's ability to pinpoint high-risk passengers and goods for inspection while allowing legitimate travelers and trade to pass quickly. It involves an increase of about three dozen staff members and improvements in systems known as Automated Targeting System-Inbound, Automated Targeting System-Land Border, Automated Targeting System-Passenger, National Targeting Center and Trend Analysis and Selectivity Program.

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