Technology plays a significant role in the safety of the United States which includes border security that involves air, land, and sea and cyber borders. The issue of border security has raised concerns over the years hence the need for the most appropriate technology to control the entry and exit of illegal materials. The increasing number of illegal immigrants into the country, human trafficking, entry of illicit products, terrorism, and entry of illegal drugs are among the significant concerns in border security. A proper integrated technological system is, therefore, necessary for border surveillance, tracking and tracking and searching of goods at the borders. The integration of technology in border security and assessment is, however, faced with several assumptions which significantly impact on all the agencies involved in border security. This essay therefore not only identifies the assumptions but also establishes the facts in the integration of technology.
Assumptions and Facts
The first assumption in the integration of technology in the assessment of border security is that technology does not need a lot of human labor. This assumption is quite a misguided piece of information as there are personnel put in charge of overseeing all the operations of the technology employed. Most of these technologies require consistent manning for the generation of maximum results (Alami, 2016). For instance, there has to be personnel operating every surveillance machine to make observations on any suspicious activities around the borders. The questionable activities would otherwise go unnoticed and unaddressed. Secondly, human labor is inevitable in the searching of luggage, persons, and cargo in the borders to prevent the entry of drugs, weapons among other illegal contraband. Tracking technologies used in border security also require human labor for effective operation.
The second assumption is that the process of implementing integrated technology for border security is error free. This misconception is based lion the belief that modern technology does not possess any errors (Alami, 2016; Fidler, 2019). The fact is that every technology, despite the advancement, is prone to many mistakes. Most systems are not entirely accurate. There may also be instances where incorrect entries may find their ways into the system or information that is misguided will get fed into the system thus yielding data that is not correct. It is therefore essential for individuals or agencies to erase or let go of the assumption. The personnel in charge of the integrated technology ought to also refrain from having complete trust in the modern or advanced technology and leave a margin for errors in implementation. This error margin will make it easy for the personnel to note any mistakes and weaknesses in the technology and make recommendations for development and implementations.
Another major misconception or assumption in the integrated technology is that there is ease in the implementation process especially in the setting up of the mechanisms necessary for the practical assessment of border security in the land, air, and sea. The truth is however that the integrated technology that ought to be set up for evaluation of all the borders is quite sophisticated (Alami, 2016). Ample time and professional expertise have to be present for effective implementation. The sufficient time is necessary as the appropriate and efficient integration technology in border security, and assessment in all the border regions through the employment of modern technology is one that requires plenty of time and effort. This misconception has its basis on the belief that implementation occurs on a national level makes the process easy ought to be erased as it may impact negatively in all the agencies involved.
Besides, the belief that the integration of technology in the border security system will promote fraudulent activities is another major misconception. The fact is that technology plays no part in the promotion of corruption; rather the individuals tasked with the responsibility of overseeing operations of the employed technologies. It is therefore essential to inspire and promote transparency as well as integrity among the personnel assigned with the integration duties. The staff ought to be encouraged to remain vigilant in their responsibilities since any fraudulent activities that they may partake in may put the entire nation in inadvertent jeopardy. Many lives may be damaged by the drugs that may go through the borders; terrorism activities may increase while many lives may be lost or destroyed by the entry of illegal contraband such as counterfeit and harmful medications among other dangers.
Finally, there is the assumption that great value exists when comprehensive scale assessment is promoted over many border areas within the country. For the value to be achieved, the manner in which the integrated technology will undergo implementation that is successful and the value that will be added to border security will require correct and accurate estimation done by all the agencies or organizations involved in the process. The effective integration of the most relevant technology, in this case, is also inevitable for the successful promotion of large scale assessment of border security.
In conclusion, the impact of technology on border security is one that cannot be ignored. All the land, air, and sea, as well as cyber borders, require maximum security and governance as any mistakes could result in several national dangers. The integration of technology in border security will ensure proper assessment and protection of the borders. The combination is however faced with several assumptions that may impact negatively on the process. Therefore, all stakeholders ought to overcome the assumptions and focus on the discussed facts. This positive and factual perception of the integration process will improve the security and management of the national borders.
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Fidler, D. (2019, January 14). Guns, Tech, and Steel: The Wall Debate and Digital Technologies in Border Security. Retrieved from Council on Foreign Relationships: https://www.cfr.org/blog/guns-tech-and-steel-wall-debate-and-digital-technologies-border-security