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CBP - Mobile Surveillance Capabilities (MSC)

  • Investment Description

    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.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. They have identified whether the group is armed or carrying narcotics or if they are a group of illegal immigrants making their way north. The long range ability of this technology provides more time for agents to prepare for the threat. More..

  • FY2014 (CY) Spending

    $5.87 M

    Time frame of Investment

    2011 - 2020

  • Status

    No change in status

CIO Information

Luke McCormack

Agency Head

Jeh Johnson

Agency

DHS

Bureau

Customs and Border Protection

Evaluation by Agency CIO

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Current Evaluation

4

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Evaluation Explanation

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mobile Surveillance Capabilities (MSC) program is in the Mixed life cycle phase. The MSC investment enables eThe Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mobile Surveillance Capabilities (MSC) program is in the Mixed life cycle phase. The MSC investment enables effective manpower allocation along the Southwest Border by augmenting fixed tower surveillance infrastructure with the capability to move surveillance assets based on threat behavior and extend reach to remote locations. The program has well-developed management plans and schedules and is tracking them well. Cost and Schedule variances are within acceptable range. The Operational Analysis will be developed after the Post Implementation Review (PIR) is completed by March 2014. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) continues to assess the MSC program as a Moderately Low Risk investment. More..

Project Summary

  • Number of Projects

    2

  • Cost Variance

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  • Schedule Variance

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Project Name Project Life Cycle Costs Cost Variance Schedule Variance
Deployment to Arizona$39.1 MGreenGreen
First Article Test of vehicles$1.45 MYellowRed

Operational Performance

Metric Description Frequency Unit of Measure FY2014 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..MonthlyPercentagePercentage9599.4Met2014-02-01
Average Remove and Replace Corrective Maintenance Average Remove and Replace Corrective Maintenance Actions per MSC Unit More..MonthlyNumberNumber21.94Met2014-02-01
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..MonthlyNumber of hoursNumber of hours200137.85Met2014-02-01
Maintain Effectiveness of Sparing Process - percenMaintain Effectiveness of Sparing Process - percentage of spares on hand to respond to part requests from the primary support facility in the field. More..AnnualPercentagePercentage92----
Average number of Component Failures per MSC UnitAverage number of Component Failures per MSC UnitMonthlyNumberNumber31.313Met2014-02-01

* Value is self-reported by the agency.

Other Investment Metrics

Category Value
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):773
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.