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Friday, January 25, 2013

Obama Admin Shutting Down Major Border Surveillance System

Submitted by Velcro, Conservative Observer AZ.

From Texas GOP, via Before It's, and CAV News.

The Obama administration continues its attack on America by having quietly decided to shut down the low-level radar surveillance system used on the U.S.-Mexico border, and other locations. From an email (below) leaked from within the company that operates the program, the U.S. government has only given them 60 days notice, closing the program March 15, 2013. Our border will now be vulnerable to the drug cartel low-level flights, but also any other bad guys (like, terrorists) who want to fly in unnoticed and do something bad.

Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS)
If you have driven down around Ft. Huachuca in southeastern Arizona anytime over the past few years, you have probably seen a little "mini-blimp" like this one, tethered and floating in the breeze. That mini-blimp houses the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), developed and operated by the ITT Exelis Company for the U.S. military (e.g., NORAD and others), as well as U.S. Borders and Customs Protection, as part of the border sovereignty and drug interdiction missions.

From the Exelis web site:
"TARS provides cost-effective, low-level radar surveillance for the US-Mexico border, the Florida Straits, and a portion of the Caribbean in support of USNORTHCOM’s and USSOUTHCOM’s Counterdrug/Counter-Narco Terrorism (CD/CNT) missions. In addition to the CD/CNT mission, TARS surveillance data also supports North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) air sovereignty mission for the continental United States. The TARS program is optimized primarily to detect low, slow flying aircraft. Operational locations are in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, the Florida Keys, and Puerto Rico with support locations in Newport News, VA, and El Paso, Texas."

From The Exelis program manager:
"Email Sent to all Exelis Employees January 17th, 2013 Announcing Closure of TARS Air Defense Sites:
Subject: TARS Contract Update
Tuesday, 15 January 2013, we received a government request for a proposal (RfP) to de-scope and close the TARS program by the end of the fiscal year. The government indicated that it does not intend to exercise the final two option years for the TARS contract. In the RfP, the government also indicated its intent that aerostat flight operations will cease on March 15, 2013, and that the remainder of the fiscal year will be used to deflate aerostats, disposition equipment, and prepare sites for permanent closure. We are currently reviewing all the details of the RfP and evaluating the possible impacts on the program and our workforce. We continue to communicate with the government on this matter, and we will have more information in the coming days and weeks.
The TARS program provides a critical capability to the U.S. government and we should remain focused on providing that service in an uninterrupted and robust manner.
The best thing we can do right now is to continue to provide the outstanding TARS support that has become the Exelis hallmark, while allowing the company and the government time to continue discussions on how to best support the customer, the program, and our workforce. We will provide regular updates as we know more. Should you have a specific question, please address them to Tim Green, Program Manager.
Tim Green, PMP
Program Manager
Tethered Aerostat Radar System
Exelis Systems Corporation"

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