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7/12/2010 6:09 AM 

The role of unmanned aerial systems in border security is expanding. We've got them on both the northern and southern border, and southern politicians in particular are calling for more.

Thursday, July 15, the House Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Terrorism (part of the Homeland Security Committee) will hold a hearing, announced as “The Role of Unmanned Ariel [sic] Systems in Border Security.”

The preliminary and partial list of witnesses is:

Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael C. Kostelnik, (Ret.), the assistant commissioner in the Office of Air and Marine at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security;

Rear Admiral Vincent B. Atkins, assistant commandant for Capability (CG-7) in the U.S. Coast Guard;

Nancy Kalinowski, vice president for System Operations Services and Air Traffic Organization at the Federal Aviation Administration;

and John M. Allen, director for Flight Standards Service at the FAA.  

The hearing is Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 10 a.m. ET in 311 Cannon House Office Building. It will be webcast.  

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, is the chairman of the subcommittee.

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