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I’m afraid that I’ll be down here with my daughter or my wife checking on something and somebody comes out and shoots somebody. There have been incidents along the river where they have found machine guns. They’ve seen people with machine guns.
We are in a war. We are in a war and I’m not going to sugar coat it by any means. We are in a war and it is what it is.
What’s being done to confront the cartels on a military level? The Texas Rangers lead a cooperative program that brings together federal, state and local agencies into a force with ground, air and marine assault capability. Ranger Reconnaissance Teams are the tactical combat elements. But budget cuts have severely constrained the ability of Texas to rely on its federal partners and their resources to expand border operations against an increasingly ruthless and adaptive enemy.
The report offers recommendations in several areas:
Communications and networking: All the players must be connected by an integrated system that networks all land, air and maritime communications.
Operations: Federal border security agencies must continue to support the joint operational framework being implemented by the Texas Rangers. More “boots on the ground” are needed, including greater participation by the National Guard. All agencies involved should establish an alliance for planning, intelligence sharing, communications and synchronized operations.
Intelligence: More sophisticated cross-border technical and human intelligence collection about the enemy must be coupled with a clearer digital picture of the battlefield.
Technology: Centralized technologies must be developed to detect, track, assess, interdict and prosecute criminals along the border region.
Education: Texas and its federal partners must bring together all participants into a single virtual classroom to learn the detailed procedures, statutes, doctrine, organizations, tactical methods and rules of engagement.
At a time when the Obama administration is sending $5.3 billion for 2012 to our Pakistani “allies” against terrorism, aiding Islamic militants in Libya to the tune of about a billion dollars (two billion by some estimates), failing to win hearts and minds in Afghanistan, and sending military advisors to Uganda, it’s critical that the administration comprehend the need for and provide the resources and support necessary to win our border war in Texas.
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