Pentagon Commander reveals ‘alarming’ number of drone incursions at US-Mexico border | Eastern North Carolina Now

By Zachary Stieber at The Epoch Times

A large number of drone incursions are happening at the U.S.-Mexico border, a U.S. Department of Defense official said on March 14.

“It’s my understanding, there’s been a lot of drone incursions along our southern border. How many drone incursions have we had and what are they doing?” Sen. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) asked Air Force Gen. Gregory Guillot during a Senate hearing.

“I don’t know the actual number—I don’t think anybody does—but it’s in the thousands,” Gen. Guillot said.

He later added that there are likely more than 1,000 incursions happening at the border per month.

The general, who became commander of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in February, said he recently spoke with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Department of Justice officials learned about the surprising number of incursions. He described becoming alarmed.

Are the incursions a defense threat to the homeland?

“They alarm me from being the person responsible for homeland defense,” Gen. Guillot said. “I haven’t seen any of them manifest in a threat to the level of national defense but I see the potential only growing.”

NORAD is a United States and Canadian organization whose work includes “the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, through mutual support arrangements with other commands.” NORTHCOM leads the military’s homeland defense efforts.

The hearing was held by the Senate Armed Services Committee. The subject of Mexican military incursions at the border did not come up.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman of the committee, inquired as to whether military base commanders were equipped with standard operating procedures in dealing with unmanned aircraft.

“The services do have authorities, but work remains to be done to ensure that … we have standardized operating procedures to address those threats,” Gen. Guillot said. “And also work remains to be done to be able to use especially the non-kinetic capabilities that can bring down those systems safely, without interfering with our airspace structure.”

He said he was planning to recommend to the Pentagon and Congress ways NORAD can help develop those procedures after a 90-day assessment of NORAD and NORTHCOM is finished.

Other Comments From New Commander
Gen. Guillot also touched on a number of additional subjects during the hearing, his first since taking command.
At one point, he said he was concerned about how many Chinese nationals are crossing into the United States.

“The number of Chinese that are coming across the border is a big concern of mine,” he said. “In fact, in the short period of time that I’ve been in command, I’ve gone down to the southern border to talk to the agents and leadership about that. And then I’ve also spoken with the acting commissioner of the CBP on this subject.”

He added: “What concerns me most about specifically the Chinese migrants is—one, that they’re so centralized in one location on the border. And two, is while many may be political refugees, other explanations, the ability for counterintelligence to hide in plain sight in those numbers.”

Gen. Guillot also disclosed that Russia flew bombers near U.S. and Canadian airspace earlier in March but turned back before reaching the Air Defense Identification Zone, and said Chinese planes could follow.

Gen. Guillot also told lawmakers that NORAD has improved its radars since officials allowed a Chinese balloon into American airspace in 2023.

“That has allowed us to have better domain awareness in that,” he said. Gaps in the system, he added, are slated to be address by a new radar being introduced.


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( March 17th, 2024 @ 9:34 am )
 
It is not a bit different than after the American Revolution, Bigot Bob. The British sympathizers who stayed got to be American citizens with all rights and priveleges. The British loyalists who fled, lost that opportunity. It was their choice, and some made a bad one. Quite a few loyalist families from the Carolinas moved to the Bahamas, and if they were slave owners, took their slaves to the Bahamas, too. As a result, there are quite a few modern Bahamians, both black and white, with North and South Carolina roots. Loyalists to the crown also fled to other British colonies in the western hemisphere as well as back to the UK. In both the creation of the United States and of Israel, people had a choice to make and some made it badly.
Big Bob said:
( March 17th, 2024 @ 7:22 am )
 
Thank you for proving my point.
( March 16th, 2024 @ 9:17 pm )
 
Nonsense, "HAMAS Bob". Israeli Arabs have as much right to vote and participate in Israel's government and economy as any other citizens. Indeed, an Israeli Arab political party was part of a recent Israeli governing coalition. Israeli Arab citizens were among those murdered by the HAMAS terrorists. When the state of Israel was created in 1948, the Arabs who stayed and participated in the new state became full fledged citizens with the same rights as other citizens. Those who fled, on the other hand, made a bad decision, and lost that opportunity. Many of those have since become Jordanian citizens.
Big Bob said:
( March 16th, 2024 @ 4:41 pm )
 
Israel does in fact practice apartheid. Again, just a fact. Unlike MAGA I prefer to deal with reality, not make up my own.
( March 16th, 2024 @ 4:05 pm )
 
Don't forget that Bobbie also accused Israel of "apartheid", another of the far left's lines to try to justify HAMAS terrorism against Israeli civilians. Looks like he sympathizes with the Mexican crime cartels as well as HAMAS and ANTIFA.
( March 16th, 2024 @ 2:01 pm )
 
That is the line that most HAMAS apologists use, Bigot Bob. That line about "events not happening in a vacuum" is a blame the victims line put out on the far left talking points. Wokesters like ANTIFA and BLM are also NOT "nice people". Just like you make excuses for HAMAS, you want to make excuses for the violent criminals of the Mexican cartels. Those lowlifes DO need to be droned.
Big Bob said:
( March 16th, 2024 @ 12:16 pm )
 
I never did that. Make up all you want but I never did that. I said events don’t happen in a vacuum.
Big Bob said:
( March 16th, 2024 @ 12:30 pm )
 
The killers calling nice people scum. See you in hell
( March 16th, 2024 @ 8:55 am )
 
For someone who condoned and excused the Hamas Oct. 7 terrorist attacks on Women, childrem, and other civilians, your sudden concern for any women or children who might be present around Mexican criminal cartel headquarters or drug labs is quite strange, Bobbie. Women there are likely to be cartel-connected and just as deserving as the men of a Hellfire missile. I cannot imagine that there would be many, if any children around those places.

We must remember that WOKE is quite capable of condoning and excusing crime and terrorism. WOKE is an enemy of decent people. They are the sick-o scum of the world.
Big Bob said:
( March 16th, 2024 @ 7:31 am )
 
Advocating the killing of women and children, which your plan would certainly accomplish, just confirms you are a complete sick-o.
Voters should remember what MAGA is capable of before it’s too late. At some point, they turn on everyone.
( March 15th, 2024 @ 7:53 pm )
 
I hope that President Trump when he returns to office declares all of the Mexican human / drug smuggling cartels to be terrorist groups, and that we send our own drones into Mexico after them - Predators with Hellfire missiles to take them out permanently.
( March 15th, 2024 @ 4:11 pm )
 
We have seen what drones can do for example in the Red Sea and in Ukraine. Yet we have 1,000's a month crossing the southern border and nothing is being done and it will take up to 90 or possibly more to come up with a plan.... Total insanity. This country is being invaded by land and air and no one in the federal govt is up holding the US Constitution Article 4 Section 4. More and more every day our so called representatives, represent us less and less.
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