With the Pentagon having notified Congress just last night that it has authorized the transfer of $1 billion in funding to begin the construction of 57 miles of new wall along the US-Mexico border, this year’s Border Security Expo (BSE) — delayed six weeks from early February due to uncertainty created during partial shutdown of the Federal Government — comes at a propitious moment.

The annual Border Security Expo offers local, state, and federal law enforcement from across the country and around the globe the education, solutions, and connections to make critical decisions needed to protect our borders from every kind of threat imaginable.

This year’s BSE — focused on identifying and addressing new and emerging border challenges and opportunities through technology, partnership, and innovation — provides expert-led panels and keynotes, designed to offer insights, best practices, and actionable takeaways to proactively anticipate and mitigate threats.

According to BSE sponsors, this year’s event — the 13th annual iteration — features:

  • 1300+ attendees from more than 100 countries;
  • Representatives from 100+ Government Departments and Agencies; and
  • 140+ exhibitors, including both industry and customer communities.

Among planned U.S. Government speakers:

  • Vice Admiral Scott Buschman, Director, Joint Task Force-East
  • Kelly Good, Deputy Executive Director, Program Management Office, U.S. Border Patrol
  • Rachelle Henderson, Executive Director, Border Enforcement Management Systems, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Scott Luck, Deputy Chief, U.S. Border Patrol
  • Garret Reinhart, Large Scale Branch Chief, (NII) Division Cargo and Conveyance Security, OFO, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Diane Sahakian, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Acquisition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • John P. Sanders, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Bradd Skinner, Deputy Director, Office of Field Operations, Laredo Field Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Ronald D. Vitiello, Deputy Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Walter Weaver, Progreso Port Director, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The BSE exhibit hall features hundreds of the latest security products and services — everything from access control and armored vehicles to biometrics and retinal scanning technologies — from approximately 125 exhibitors — http://www.bordersecurityexpo.com/exhibitors