The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new plan for acquiring border surveillance technology looks strikingly like the U.S. Army’s new acquisition plan: define capability gaps and then put the word out to industry to see what mature technologies exist that might fit the bill. In other words, DHS isn’t interested in developing new technologies. Rather, it will “start by using what technologies are available and using our experience with that to decide if [we] want something ...

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