Technological action-reaction along U.S.-Mexico border | Homeland Security News Wire

Illegal border crossers into the United States are becoming more sophisticated – the latest is a GPS application which is supposed to help crossers evade Border Patrol agents – but those in charge of protecting U.S. borders are also employing advanced technology to keep the border secure.

Scholars of arms races among nations will tell you that the action-reaction cycle is ever-present in such competitions: every technological development which gives a military advantage by one side is short-lived, as the other side soon develops a technological response to it. The action-reaction cycle is also in evidence in the competition between those who try to cross the border into the United States illegally, and those who are charged with protecting the border.