The effectiveness of a counter-infiltration program to inhibit the movement of hostile forces across defined boundaries depends on military, technical, geopolitical, socio-economic and other factors. The interrelations and mutual interactions of these factors are complex, but an examination of problems of border security requires their explicit consideration. This Memorandum describes an analytic model of border control that structures and clarifies some of the problems involved. It makes it possible to perform quantitative sensitivity analyses to assist in comparative evaluations of candidate border security systems.
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