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4th Annual Border Management Summit Southwest

29 May, 2013 - 31 May, 2013, Tucson, AZ, United States

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Securing the U.S.-Mexico Border with Tactical Strategies and Technologies

An essential attribute of any nation is its ability to protect its citizens and to maintain control of its land, air, and sea borders. Defending the United States against its enemies is the first priority and number one commitment of the Federal Government. This means exerting and safeguarding sovereignty on the border as well as protecting vital national interests on the coast.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents are the frontline, the guardians of the Nation’s borders."
-David Aguilar, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Today, the U.S. is faced with non-traditional challenges and irregular opponents who work in the shadows and choose not to fight on the battlefields of the past. They choose to exploit our weaknesses in defense and homeland security, of which our Nation’s borders play an enormous role. Various government agencies have chosen to work together to exchange information, share vital resources, and define the way forward to strengthen border management and security.

The 4th Annual Border Management Southwest will bring together all relevant stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues facing the Department of Homeland Security, from efforts to build new partnerships to modernizing security capabilities. Policy makers, uniformed service leaders, law enforcement and industry partners will gather in Tucson to network, share best practices and explore potential paths to fortify the United States border.

Border Management Southwest Summit will look at:

  • Current and future requirements of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • New capabilities and technologies for border surveillance, safety, and security
  • Deterring, disrupting and defeating transnational criminal organizations
  • Best practices for coordinated intelligence integration and information sharing
  • Increasing the roles of DoJ, DoD, DoS, and local law enforcement  along the southwest border

Venue & Accommodation

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort
10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, Arizo
85737, United States
Phone: 800-325-7832

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, is an Arizona AAA Four Diamond Resort in a beautiful Tucson, Arizona setting. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, Arizona, nestled on the foothills of the breathtaking Santa Catalina Mountains on 500 acres of high Sonoran Desert terrain.

Even though it is Arizona’s second largest city, Tucson still retains its friendly, typically Arizonan, southwestern charm. With breathtaking natural landscapes, year-round sunshine, a myriad of attractions and activities and a mix of Spanish, Mexican and Native American influences, Tucson is a truly special destination – and Hilton Tucson El Conquistador is the perfect Resort.

Relax in one of the 428 spacious guest rooms and suite accommodations at our AAA Four Diamond Arizona golf & tennis resort. Discover the impressive Desert Springs Oasis, featuring sparkling pools and a 143-foot waterslide and dine on exquisite cuisine in a choice of restaurants and bars. Play golf or tennis, go hiking, biking or horseback riding or escape to the resort’s Elements Spa for some indulgent relaxation.

Group Rate - $103 plus 13% per night

Please identify you are part of the IDGA – Border SW group to ensure the special rate, based on availability. Note that you are eligible for this rate three day prior and three days post the event based on availability. Please make your reservation before May 1, 2013 in order to ensure you are eligible for the group rate.

Reservations Telephone: 1 (800) 325-7832

The conference agenda is available as PDF under downloads.


  • Michael Fisher, Chief, United States Border Patrol
  • Wolf Tombe, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Senator Robert Meza, Border Security, Federalism and States' Sovereignty Committee, Arizona State Legislature
  • Sandy Peavy , SES, Chief Information Officer, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Anh Duong , SES, Director, Borders and Maritime Security Division, DHS Science and Technology Directorate
  • Elizabeth Kempshall, Director, Southwest Border High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Jeffrey Self, Commander, Arizona Joint Field Command
  • Paul Benda, Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Ilkka Laitinen, Executive Director, Frontex, European Union Agency
  • Colonel Neal Pugliese , USMC, Director of Operations, Joint Interagency Task Force South
  • David Higgerson, Director of Field Operations, Tucson, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Gary Ackerman, Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
  • Amy Clymer, Rapid Reaction Tunnel Detection, Joint Capability Development Program, U.S. Northern Command
  • Matthew Allen, Special Agent in Charge, Phoenix, Homeland Security Investigations
  • Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge, Phoenix Division, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Manuel Padilla, Chief Patrol Agent, Tucson Sector, U.S. Border Patrol
  • Rodolfo Karisch, Chief Patrol Agent, Del Rio Sector, U.S. Border Patrol
  • Mark Dannels, Sheriff, Cochise County, State of Arizona
  • Theophilos Gemelas, Program Manager, National Center for Border Security and Immigration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Elyse Golob , Ph.D, Executive Director, National Center for Border Security and Immigration
  • Jay Nunamaker , Ph.D, Director and Principal Investigator, National Center for Border Security and Immigration
  • David Williams, Director, Border Security Center
  • Rick Van Schoik, Director, North American Center for Transborder Studies, Arizona State University
  • Erik Webb, Manager, Global Security Systems & Technology, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Marc Rosenblum, Specialist in Immigration Policy, Congressional Research Service
  • Srinivas Mukkamala , Ph.D, Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis
  • Paul Nelepovitz, Unmanned Aerial Systems Program, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Event details

29 May, 2013
31 May, 2013
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort
United States


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