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2006 IIE Annual Conference and Exhibition, May 20-24, 2006


Border Security is a complex system consisting of many interrelated components that must function as a whole in order to be effective. The efficacy of border security is dependent on several independent agencies; these include U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Justice (DOJ), state and local law enforcement, and many others. Border security is not only a function of how well each of the agencies perform individually but also how well they interact to accomplish a goal. This paper attempts to model border security from a Border Patrol (BP) perspective using discrete event simulation in conjunction with Markovian analysis. The model will provide a baseline of the system's current effectiveness as well as any interventions made to the system.


© 2006 Institute of Industrial Engineers, now Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers.

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0000-0001-8145-313X (Rabadi), 0000-0001-9452-9105 (Keating)

Original Publication Citation

Bowling, S. R., Rabadi, G., & Keating, C. (2006). An integrated framework for modeling and simulation of the U.S. southern border: A border patrol perspective. 2006 IIE Annual Conference and Exhibition, May 20-24, 2006, Orlando, FL.