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Border Patrol adopts new strategy to focus on most serious threats

May. 8, 2012 - 06:00AM   |  
By SEAN REILLY   |   Comments
Managing risk is a key goal of the Border Patrol's new five-year strategic plan, said Mike Fisher, the agency's chief.
Managing risk is a key goal of the Border Patrol's new five-year strategic plan, said Mike Fisher, the agency's chief. (John Moore / Getty Images)

With its post-9/11 buildup of money and manpower at an end, the Border Patrol has unveiled a new strategy for how it will target those resources to address the most serious threats, including keeping terrorists out of the United States and breaking up cross-border criminal organizations.

Managing risk is a key goal of the new five-year strategic plan, the agency's chief, Mike Fisher, said Tuesday in prepared testimony at the hearing of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border and maritime security.

Although more resources have made the nation's borders more secure, Fisher said, the Border Patrol must focus on an approach that puts its "greatest capabilities in place to combat the greatest risks."

The plan calls for greater efficiency and more focus on combating internal corruption.

The strategy is the first since 2004 and comes as the agency downshifts to leaner times. Its $3.5 billion budget is roughly triple that of 2001, and staffing now at 21,400 agents is more than double the number then. But those numbers will keep flat for the near future.

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