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Squeezing the Balloon Squeezing the Balloon


Relatively speaking, AMO is a small organization. At 1,800 people, that’s a mere fraction of CBP’s on-the-ground assets. However, to quote Liam Neeson


from the movie Taken, what AMO does have is “a very particular set of skills” critical to the success of CBP’s overall mission.


That being said, there are challenges. CBP works extremely hard year-round to secure the border. Yet, Durham says, “There are only so many assets along the border. We operate on the ‘squeeze the balloon’ theory of law enforcement. When you squeeze a balloon, a new bubble pops up somewhere else.” In essence, aviation and marine assets are allocated where there is the most illegal activity and demand from Border Patrol and law enforcement agencies. No matter how hard they squeeze the balloon in those areas, bubbles will continue to pop up in other locations.


It’s a perpetual moving target, and rotorcraft crews continue to play an essential role in deterrence, apprehension, and providing humane assistance.


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