Supercomputing and Computation


United States Border Patrol Concept of Operations Checkpoint Pilot

Problem Statement:

  • As the primary federal law enforcement agency between the ports-of-entry, the United States Border Patrol’s (USBP) mission is to prevent the entry of terrorists and their weapons of terrorism, to enforce the laws that protect America’s homeland by the detection, interdiction and apprehension of those who attempt to illegally enter or smuggle any person or contraband across our Nation’s sovereign. To support this mission, the USBP needs efficient materiel and processes to inspect conveyances and baggage for weapons of mass effect (WME) and illicit contraband. Current technology deployed to detect radiological/nuclear (R/N) material at USBP checkpoints (i.e. Personal Radiation Detectors) is limited in meeting this objective.

Technical Approach:

  • An operational demonstration using commercially available R/N detection systems will be conducted in at a fixed checkpoint in Laredo, Texas and at a tactical checkpoint in Hebbronville, Texas. Concepts of Operation (CONOPS) will be developed for the new equipment. An Operational Utility Assessment (OUA) will determine the utility of the new systems. 


  • The purpose of this Pilot is to inform DNDO and the USBP on the operational utility of enhancing R/N detection capabilities at a checkpoint by utilizing alternate equipment that is easily relocatable, and/or by modifying existing concepts of operations during primary screening.  The outcome of this Pilot will provide necessary data to conduct an Analysis of Alternatives and provide operational requirements for potential solutions

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