Hernan Rozemberg

Image courtesy NMSU Physical Science Laboratory

It’s hard to find military or national security experts who are not supporters, if not all-out cheerleaders, for the use of high-tech surveillance systems to protect the nation’s borders.

The Department of Homeland Security just launched its tenth Predator B Unmanned Aerial System, commonly known as a drone, and now both northern and southern borders are covered.

Even though they cost $18 million apiece, many experts say they’re worth every penny.

Hernan Rozemberg

It’s dusk in the coastal town of Port Aransas. Jason Montgomery, John Wilhem and Grenade Fiedler jump on their boat, put life vests on and make final preparations. Unlike others heading out to the Gulf of Mexico for fishing or fun, this trio is on the clock.

They're the face of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the water.

Hernan Rozemberg

The Department of Homeland Security has taken to the high skies for its latest high-tech border security program.

It has retooled the unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, an established military weapon. The drone has been turned into a new civilian, eyes-in-the-sky border protection instrument.