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CULTIVATING DECISION ADVANTAGE: HOW CBP CAN INTEGRATE INTELLIGENCE TO IMPROVE BORDER SECURITY

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Authors
Siffermann, John W.
Subjects
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Office of Field Operations
CBP
OFO
border search
electronic devices
intelligence
information sharing
desk officer
task sharing
MI5
ASIO
BfV
Advisors
Dahl, Erik J.
Date of Issue
2023-09
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeks to integrate intelligence to use the information it collects more strategically. CBP’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) can anticipate emerging threats at ports of entry but is limited in its ability to capitalize on existing data to thwart criminal networks. This thesis explores how OFO can effectively integrate intelligence to improve border security by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information in a more strategic manner. Using a case study approach to adopt best practices, and acknowledging disparate roles and responsibilities, this study assesses the domestic intelligence services of the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany to understand how each coordinates intelligence activity. As a result, this thesis identifies best practices for OFO to consider; specifically, this thesis recommends two possible frameworks for OFO to shape port intelligence units at ports of entry. As CBP seeks to integrate intelligence, OFO can contribute to its strategic goal by standardizing port intelligence units within a desk officer or task-sharing system; each system integrates intelligence, cultivates decision advantage, and fosters analytically driven collection. This thesis concludes that standardizing port intelligence effectively integrates intelligence and positions CBP to make meaningful contributions to the intelligence enterprise and accomplish mission goals.
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National Security Affairs (CHDS)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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