The Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC) consists of the outfitting of trucks with an array of sophisticated radar and sensing devices that aids Border Patrol agents in the detection of illegal border crossings. The MSC is an integrated suite of sensThe Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC) consists of the outfitting of trucks with an array of sophisticated radar and sensing devices that aids Border Patrol agents in the detection of illegal border crossings. The MSC is an integrated suite of sensor equipment attached to the flat skid cargo bed of a Government-furnished Ford F-450 truck, with an operator workstation located inside the truck cabin. The purpose of the MSC is to provide mobile area surveillance in remote rural areas over a range of 8 to 12 kilometers. This allows CBP to adjust the location of its surveillance capabilities to keep pace with the ever changing border threat. The MSC goals are to increase the situational awareness of CBP by detecting, identifying, tracking, and classifying potential items of interest. These goals support CBP mission goals and priorities: Mission 1 - Securing America's Borders; Goal 1.1 - Secure the Southwest Border, as well as the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Goal - Secure and Manage our Borders.Several benefits of the MSC are as follows: 1) Allows for the identification and tracking of numerous IOI's over a large area, the MSC allows for greater surveillance coverage then possible with an agent on foot. 2) Enhances BP Agent safety by providing advanced warning of not only the existence of IOI's but the nature of that threat including whether the individuals are armed. 3) The abilities of the MSC also allow for greater response coordination thereby improving the likelihood of a successful law enforcement resolution as well as officer safety. Radar capabilities provide two significant benefits over a camera only system: advanced warning of the existence of IOIs, and can allow for tracking of numerous IOI's over a larger area.The key customers, stakeholders, and other beneficiaries of the MSC system are US Border Patrol agents. Border Patrol Agents currently rely on legacy capabilities such as sign cutting, which are time tested and proven, but place agents at high risk in difficult locations. By detecting and identifying the threat from a safe distance, agents are able to determine the time, method, and location of an interdiction. This capability gives agents a pivotal operational advantage. Surveillance technology is able to identify threats early, before an agent must close for an arrest. The long range ability of this technology provides more time for agents to prepare for the threat. More..
FY2015 (CY) Spending
Time frame of Investment
2011 - 2020
No change in status
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mobile Surveillance Capabilities (MSC) program is in the Mixed life cycle phase. As of Q1 FY15, there were 30 The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mobile Surveillance Capabilities (MSC) program is in the Mixed life cycle phase. As of Q1 FY15, there were 30 deployed MSC units at the Southwest border. Procurement and fielding of these MSC units was successfully completed. Reported Cost Variance (CV) and Schedule Variance (SV) are within acceptable range. A Post Implementation Review (PIR) was submitted to the Component Acquisition Executive in July 2014. The program demonstrates solid performance, and is achieving stated goals. Statistical trends of MSC effectiveness show improved operations for apprehensions, drug seizures, and operational availability. An Operational Analysis (OA) is planned for FY15. This will examine the current investment performance measured against an established set of cost, schedule and performance parameters. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) assesses the MSC program as a Moderately Low Risk investment. More..
Number of Projects
|Project Name||Project Life Cycle Costs||Cost Variance||Schedule Variance||Project Status|
|Deployment to Arizona||$39.1 M||Completed|
|First Article Test of vehicles||$1.45 M||Completed|
|Metric Description||Frequency||Unit of Measure||FY2015 Target||Most Recent Actual||Metric Status|| Updated Date of Most
Recent Actual *
|Achieve and Maintain Operational Availability Key Achieve and Maintain Operational Availability Key Performance Parameter More..||Monthly||PercentagePercentage||95||99.883||Met||2015-05-01|
|Average Remove and Replace Corrective Maintenance Average Remove and Replace Corrective Maintenance Actions per MSC Unit More..||Monthly||NumberNumber||2||0.333||Met||2015-05-01|
|Priority 1 Downtime Hours per Month - Priority 1 fPriority 1 Downtime Hours per Month - Priority 1 failure of the MSC's primary functions and/or any safety related issue. Category 1 failures are all counted as system failures/downtime in the Ao calculations. More..||Monthly||Number of hoursNumber of hours||200||32.9||Met||2015-05-01|
|Average monthly maintenance cost per unitAverage monthly maintenance cost per unit||Monthly||DollarsDollars||20,000||--||--|
|Average number of Component Failures per MSC UnitAverage number of Component Failures per MSC Unit||Monthly||NumberNumber||3||0.556||Met||2015-05-01|
|Does the investment have any activities with a planned duration greater than a year?:||Yes|
|Planned duration of the longest activity (days):||788|
|Average planned duration of in-progress and future activities (days):||0|
|Planned cost of one activity is greater than 25% of total planned cost of all activities?:||Yes|
|Number of contracts applying modular development principles:||0|
All activity calculations assess only activities with no related child activities.