Office of CBP Air and Marine
Definition/Scope: The mission of CBP Air and Marine (CBP A&M), the world's largest law enforcement air force, is to protect the American people and Nation's critical infrastructure through the coordinated use of integrated air and marine forces to detect, interdict and prevent acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs and other contraband toward or across the borders of the United States. This specialized law enforcement capability allows CBP A&M to make significant contributions to the homeland security efforts of DHS, as well as to those of Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies. To accomplish this mission, CBP A&M utilizes over 700 pilots and 267 aircraft including the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), over 130 mariners and over 200 vessels. Air and Marine mission: Provide support to CBP's anti-terrorism mission at U.S. borders including, air-to-ground interception of people and contraband illegally crossing land borders, air-to-air interception of aircraft, and air-to-water interception of transportation vessels. Provide support for CBP's traditional work, such as border interceptions unrelated to terrorism and other DHS missions as well. Conduct air operations in support of other federal, state and local needs, such as disaster relief.
Broader Terms:Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
Related Terms:Border Security and Facilitation