Aug 19, 2011 -Around the waters of Spain, electro optic coverage can detect vessels approaching by sea as far as 10 nautical miles away. Additional radar coverage extends 25 nautical miles. But with increased need for surveillance because of migration and drug trafficking, the Spanish government is testing unmanned aerial vehicles to supplement their current border surveillance capabilities.
Jun 24, 2011 -Border security got a lot of attention this week. On Tuesday, the Department of State released a document annotating its efforts to check growing violence attached to drug cartels and drug and human trafficking. Meanwhile, several lawmakers introduced legislation that would help attack the issue.
Jun 17, 2011 -Experts’ concerns about the increased use of child soldiers by Mexican drug cartels were affirmed Wednesday after a bloody confrontation between members of Los Zetas and Jalisco State Police at a cartel training camp resulted in the arrest of 10 members, five of which were in their teens. There also appear to be more female members.
Jun 16, 2011 -Strategies for combating illegal tunnels on the Southwest border, including increased collaboration between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement agencies, are producing positive results, a top-level Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official testified before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on Wednesday.