On Feb. 13, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Congress his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget request of $3.8 trillion, and of that amount $59 billion is proposed for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Of the proposed DHS budget for FY 2013, more than $100 million would be allocated for surveillance technology and systems along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico.
The FY 2013 proposed appropriation for “Southwest Border Technology” is $91.8 million. “This investment remains focused on Arizona and will use existing, proven technology that is tailored to the distinct terrain and population density of each border region,” the DHS budget request says. “The FY 2013 request funds the acquisition of at least one Integrated Fixed Tower Area of Responsibility system, as described in the Arizona Technology Plan,” it says.
The FY 2013 proposed appropriation for “Northern Border Technology” is $10 million “to support technologies for the Northern Border, such as continuation of procurement/testing and evaluation efforts for Low Flying Aircraft Detection ($5 million); the deployment of Maritime Detection Project ($4 million); and Aircraft Video Downlink ($1 million).”
In addition to those programs, the budget document lists other programs that fall under the different agencies and which have been ongoing such as “the continued operation of technology to screen passengers and baggage through 1,250 Advanced Imaging Technology units.”