Friday, January 18, 2013

Obama Closing Air Defense System on U.S./Mexico Border: Texas & America Vulnerable to Attack from Low Altitude Missiles and Aircraft

by David Bellow 1/18/2013

URGENT: Call your Congressman and Senators immediately and demand that the recent budget cuts do not affect the security of America’s borders. The Federal Government wastes billions of dollars on things they should not even be involved in, but securing our country’s borders is one of the jobs that the federal government is actually supposed to do!
Obama has always pushed massive cuts in the military as part of any budget cuts he will accept as part of any fiscal deals. Obama seems to be getting what he wants and it will leave AMERICA’s borders vulnerable to attacks and other infiltrations.
Air Force’s Air Defense Radar Systems along U.S./Mexico Border will SHUTDOWN on March 15th, 2013
On January 17th, 2013, Exelis Systems Corporation sent out an email (see email below) to all of its employees informing them that on March 15th, 2013 all TARS Air Defense Mission Operations will permanently cease. These TARS Air Defense sites were under the control of the United States Air Force. On January 15th, 2013, the Air Force informed Exelis (the defense contractor running the TARS sites) that the TARS sites will be shut down. Exelis tried to then negotiate with the Department of Homeland Security to see if they would take over the vital project, but it seems as though those negotiations have failed.
What does this mean?
This means the Southern Border of the United States of America will be more vulnerable to attack from low flying aircraft, low altitude missiles, and other infiltrations such as smuggling.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one Exelis employee had this to say about the announced closure of the TARS sites:
“Not only will this closure mean hundreds of people will be out of jobs, but it also means our borders will not be safe, especially along the remote U.S. Mexico Border like in Texas. These defense radars detect low flying aircraft infiltrating our borders. Without these defense radars, low flying aircraft will go undetected. It will be open season for any drug/gun/slave smugglers, terrorists flying in with nukes low altitude missiles, or even a full scale low elevation invasion/attack against America.”
According to the Air Force’s website, the Tethered Aerostat Radar System, or TARS, is an aerostat-borne, surveillance program. Using the aerostat as a stationary airborne platform for a surveillance radar, the system is capable of detecting low altitude aircraft at the radar's maximum range by mitigating curvature of the earth and terrain masking limitations. TARS provides a detection and monitoring capability along the United States-Mexico border, the Florida Straits, and a portion of the Caribbean in support of the Department of Defense Counterdrug Program.

The primary agencies using the TARS surveillance data include U.S. Northern Command in support of Customs and Border Protection (Air and Marine Operations Center and Caribbean Air and Marine Operations Center) and U.S. Southern Command in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South. In addition to its counterdrug mission, TARS surveillance data also supports North American Aerospace Defense Command's air sovereignty mission for the continental United States.

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

10 comments:

  1. How much does this program cost a year? How about we get a consortium together and pay for it ourselves, and protect ourselves? Time for a new political party; one who is not in the pocket of our enemies. Come on America, let the People take care of themselves. Governors of the border states, set up a fund, contribute to it, so we the People can directly pay for our own protection. Then we won't need the bozos in Washington. This would be the first step to freedom from Washington!

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    1. Good idea count us in!!!

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    2. Yep . . .and notice TARS is not weaponized .. . This is to save money to shut it down ? ? DUMB . . .yes let's encourage the border states to continue this . . . Where do I sign up ?

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  2. Just another step in his plan to destroy the country.

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  3. You know, at first I thought this was a bad thing. But it appears that Obama is abandoning our southern border in the Texas area and that state can make it their sovereign border. I'm sure there are a lot of good people in Texas who would be happy to protect the border by whatever means they see fit.

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    1. they cant protect things they cant see... and people dont have military jets to stop bombers and other crap from other countries.. Also this is a way to fill us full of immigrants! More obama pain... He wants us filled with immigrants so all his party has to do is promise them something to win...

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  4. A couple hundred well connected rednecks and a few .338's and we are good. CBP isn't worth a shit as it is. Bunch of underpaid, overworked, over Authorized fucks.....

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  5. I recommend be a voice to hopefully keep this going, but also work out something with other bordering states, and people who want jobs, to be trained. Federal government was lousy enough before Obama, and he is simply much worse. Many Texans wish to secede anyway, and this would be a good place to prove that Texas is self sufficient.

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  6. We borrow money from China to give away to other countries, some who down right hate us. But we don't have the money to protect our own country. Something is very wrong with the Obama administration. Very unAmerican.

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  7. This is more about keeping the military industrial complex alive and well in Texas than it is about security.

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