Virtual Fence Project Appears Dead

A cyber-technology answer to policing the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border has wound up costing at least $15 million per mile where it has been deployed over a 53 mile-stretch of the Arizona-Mexico desert, according to The Washington Post.

The fence, a Bush administration project, was initially continued by the Obama administration but Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano froze funding for its expansion and ordered testing as reports of problems with the project surfaced last January.

The system of fixed towers, radar and cameras and software and communication networks is known as SBInet. It and its contractor, Boeing Co., have been repeatedly criticized in government reports for delays and cost overruns.

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