Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Tactical Communications (TACCOM)


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Texas & New Mexico


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for securing the borders of the U.S. while facilitating the efficient movement of legitimate trade and travel. To secure this vast terrain, more than 17,000 CBP border patrol agents, 1,000 CBP Air and Marine agents, and almost 22,000 CBP officers and agriculture specialists, together with the nation's largest law enforcement canine program, stand guard along America's front line.


Because CBP officers and agents often work in remote areas where commercial communications do not exist, the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communication system is critical to mission execution and vital to officer safety. CBP's existing LMR system was antiquated and failed to meet CBP operational and functional requirements, resulting in critical coverage gaps and lack of Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. To improve CBP operational effectiveness, enhance officer safety, and accommodate growth, CBP allocated funds to improve tactical communications by modernizing existing LMR systems in Texas and New Mexico. Exp Federal provided A-E services for this LMR modernization, which involved a mix of upgrades and/or improvements to over 125 existing communications towers located in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) and El Paso focus areas of New Mexico and Texas. We also provided program management and design for 12 new towers, and program management and design for 30 tower sites in the El Paso sector and 46 tower sites in the Rio Grande Valley sector.