Are idiots running the drone surveillance program at the border?

Are idiots running the drone surveillance program at the border?

[Ed. – Come on.  Given the unquestioned success of drones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia, it defies logic and all reasonable expectations for drone surveillance at the U.S. border to be “ineffective” — unless it’s being managed poorly.]

Custom and Border Protection’s (CBP) drone program is ineffective and surveys less than 200 miles of the southwest border, according to an audit by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General.

The program operates 10 Predator B drones at a cost of more than $12,000 for every hour a drone spends in the air, funding which could be put to better use elsewhere, according to the OIG. …

“Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years, CBP cannot prove that the program is effective because it has not developed performance measures,” the audit, released on Christmas Eve, said. “The program has also not achieved the expected results.”

The OIG found that the Unmanned Aircraft System program (UAS) has not met flight hour goals, and that DHS lacks evidence that drones have contributed to more border apprehensions. …

According to the audit, drones only focused on 100 miles of the Arizona border and 70 miles of the Texas border. DHS claimed in their annual report ending in 2014 that they had “expanded unmanned aircraft system coverage to the entire Southwest Border.” …

Drones were also responsible for only 1.8 percent of apprehensions in the Tucson, Ariz. region, and a mere 0.7 percent in the Rio Grande Valley.

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