Havre Daily New: Military-grade radar to be deployed along border

Upgrades to radar systems to improve security on the northern border in hopes of reducing illegal air crossings could be in place by the fall, according to Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin told a Senate panel Tuesday that military-grade radar will be in place to strengthen northern border security as soon as November.

Under an agreement with the Canadian government, 22 Canadian radar feeds will be transmitted directly to the U. S. Air and Marine Operation Center.

The issue of providing better security on the northern border has been a high priority for Montana’s delegates to Congress.

Last fall, Tester and U. S. Sen. Max Baucus brought Bersin and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to Montana to look at security issues, including holding a town hall meeting in Havre.

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