Satelite Border Patrol?

Well, there is more violence on the border with the U.S. and Mexico this time its on lake Falcon, never heard of it till now.Evidently this lake is another crossing point for drugs and, more than likely, illegals.

I don't understand why we cannot secure our borders.I have a cell phone and with it I can google any part of the world and zoom in on roads and even houses.If I can do that how hard would it be to patrol the border with satelites?-I don't get it!, can somebody please explain this to me!

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  • Hi Ronald, you said.....
    I don't understand why we cannot secure our borders.I have a cell phone and with it I can google any part of the world and zoom in on roads and even houses.If I can do that how hard would it be to patrol the border with satelites?-I don't get it!, can somebody please explain this to me!
    Good point and it can be done but for now, the process cannot be done in real time other than by using some of the non-air- breather sensors in orbits that are controlled by our Intelligence community. There are not enough of them available to constantly monitor the thousands of miles of coastline around this country. Granted, the main emphasis is from San Diego CA to Brownsville TX. Still, we do not have the resources now unless we take them from other ongoing surviellance tasks. I am not in a position to know if they are being used wisely so cannot comment on whether they should be redirected or not.
    There are ways to do this less expensively using cheaper sensors fused within a network that keeps an eye on the easiest parts to surviell. Obviously with the increases in drones being used we can expect this to be rectified but I have no way of knowing the schedules. We can also use heliostats and other balloon technologies to raise sensors up to 5,000 or more feet and have a stare down approach such that we overlap areas giving a contiguous view of the borders. But, if is is done optically, we need special software that I do not believe is available today. There is another sensor approach that can tell us any time there has been a change including footprints in the sand. THis can be real time or non-real time Now we get into RICE BOWLS. So many programs exist and each one says that it is the best and the squabbling that takes place is a disgrace. Yes, we could have pinpoint monitoring of all of the borders 24/365 with autonomous collection and fusion and some degree of automatic identification of the sensed anomolies.
    On the other side. Besides Rice Bowls, there are programs in place that have a lot of money and a lot of defense going on to protect the program and not acknowledge alternatives that may be more viable but would threaten the Program. When I was in R&D for our Intel Communities, we called that the 11th commandment taught at Program Management Schools for the Government.
    The 11th Commandment ... "Protect the Program at all costs". I am not kidding.
    Peace Ronald. Good points!
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