Operation #1 – Vets Secure Border & Build Fence
Costs = $500K vets payroll per mile of 12′ or higher security fence with 36′ security communication watch towers. On average it takes $500K materials per mile. As an alternative to fencing, using precast concrete barriers, like those used on highway medians, with vertical 20′ hot rolled steel bars, 1″ in diameter, the cost for materials is less than $450K per mile. Such a fence will go up as quickly. Digging under the barrier is a risk that is somewhat mitigated by security cameras, microphones, and a first response team, available quickly. Additional measures can be taken as necessary.
The east and west walls of the USA, being oceans, are secured by the Coast Guard. The north wall east of Lake of the Woods, Minnesota and along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, being water, is also secured by the Coast Guard.
Each 36′ (or higher) comm tower has IR, optical, uni-directional audio mics, powerful blaring speakers, satellite comm and inter-tower comm capability, weather station capability, battery backup, solar arrays providing electricity, and more besides.
Fences work in Israel where, based on the price of the Israeli security barrier, the National Journal estimated that 2,000 miles of fence will cost the United States $6.4 billion. That cost yields $3.1 million dollars per mile. Best Fence: $3.1 per mile.
High security chain link fence. They claim “chain link fencing has been the product of choice for security fencing for over 60 years because of its strength, corrosion resistance, “see thru capabilities”, ease of installation, versatility, variety of product selection and value. A chain link fence is one of the possible primary building blocks for a facility’s perimeter security system”.
Here is an innovative idea for a fence. Build it with concrete barriers, like those separating lanes of traffic on a highway system. Cast concrete onsite or precast and set in place. Put vertical bars into the top of the concrete. Such a wall will go up quickly.
In Minnesota it costs about $500K per mile for materials and labor to install concrete median barriers. Cost for precast concrete is about $25 per foot versus $80 per foot cast in place.
$132,000 per mile ( barrier cost for precast concrete @ $25 per foot)
$318,000 vertical steel bars (5″ spacing, 20′ tall, 1″ diameter, hot rolled steel @ $30 each in qty 100 )
$450,000 per mile materials (less quantity discount)
The original legislation crafted by the bipartisan Gang of Eight set aside $1.5 billion for fencing — and that was before a deal was struck with Republican senators to add more to the massive border security and fencing proposal. The original fence cost $1 million per mile. This is the amount already allocated by Congress to build the wall. Therefore it may be available right now if vets pressured congress to release the money into the Newland South Wall Coop.
A 2009 analysis by the GAO found that the cost of pedestrian fencing ranged between $400,000 and $15 million per mile with an average of $3.9 million a mile. The price of less expensive vehicle fencing ran anywhere from $200,000 to $1.8 million a mile, for an average of $1 million a mile.
Because the fence is set back from the U.S. border a bit, depending on terrain, any object approaching the fence will be on USA soil well before they get to the fence. The exact border will by marked by lights upon solar powered with comm capability to the fence Tower. Surveillance begins well before the border and the fence itself. All security systems face all directions, meaning that accomplices approaching the fence from the north, for example to cut or blast through the fence, they will be under surveillance.
The conceptual plans for the north wall are most intriguing. The north wall is rumored to be a high security corridor carrying east / west electricity, a DME gas pipeline, and the road bed necessary for the future construction of eastbound and westbound tubes of pneumatic assisted magnetic levitation super-sonic trains, with in flight join/drop off capabilities. At 650 mph and even higher speeds, Seattle to Lake of the Woods, along the 49th parallel (1260 mi.) is about 3 hours. Along the the southern border (2,000 mi.) it takes about 4 hours to ride the magnetic levitation train from the Caribbean Sea to Pacific Ocean. Detailed cost analysis of the south wall is in a separate (later) document.
In Operation #1 – a team of veterans first secure a one mile section of the border. Then they build a one mile section of fence. Then they move to the next unsecured mile and build the next mile fence. The fence assembly and installation steps are highly repetitive.
Phase 1: Deterrence. This phase focuses on deterring illegals by demonstrating the capability and resolve to apply force in pursuit of U.S. interests. The level non-lethal “force” runs from minor skirmishes with water hoses and paint ball guns filled with lighted florescent green paintball ammo, aimed for non-lethal placement on the body.
Phase 2: Seize the Initiative. Humane and well intentioned non-lethal hostilities commence during this phase. How does this happen. Perhaps groups of vets, some with families, from cities and town throughout the U.S., pack their bivouac gear and head to their location on the border on the prearranged day. Their job is to be the initial spotters, sentries, and in an emergency first line wall of non-lethal force with a backup impenetrable wall of lethal force, when attacked. Illegals are handed over to the Border Patrol and local law enforcement for customary processing.
Backing up U.S. interests is dangerous and sometimes innocents get hurt. Of course, humans gotta be careful how things get spoken of. Mums the word and the truth softly spoken. Words matter, we all know that. There is an old Jesuit adage “you have to be willing to back up your mouth with your life”.
So, maybe it is time for a 2016 Vets Family Holiday along the southern U.S. border. Everybody who is interested heads to the border and camps out. Now the term “camp out” means different things to different people. In the border country it means air conditioned bivouac tents. They are probably dirt cheap and might even be free to vets.
During the preliminary Phase 0: Logistics, planning group takes care of making sure everything is there and ready to be rented per night in gender separated air conditioned dormitories and the more expensive family units. The term “rent” is a paymaster term. No money changes hands. Instead a paymaster “loan” is made for the The “rent” takes care of all basic needs. The rented lodging cost is deferred until paymaster distribution time when all “loans” are repaid based on time invested in securing and building the wall. Meanwhile “loans” are made back home, in the form of emergency mortgage, rental, and utilities being paid while the
Phase 3: Start Rounding Up Illegals. The focus during this phase is on the illegal’s capture, DNA and bio-metric identification. Warn them that if they come back illegally they and their family will never gain entry through U.S. Immigration. Then find out where they are from and get them started on their way back home to their families. Any illegals in the country who are from their home region, help them to get back home. Have them ask their families of illegals to join with them and return home. Put the illegals on Mexican buses and send them homeward.
Phase 4: Stabilize the Area. The priority during this phase will be on stability operations, the reconstitution of infrastructure, and the restoration of services. This phase concludes with the transfer of regional authority to a legitimate civil entity.
Phase 5: Relocate Mobile Base. Move base operations to the few miles east or west. The line of sight towers built, on the U.S. side of the fence, that are left behind provide enhanced security on the one mile sections constructed thus far. The major illegal pathways are the first to get fences.
Here are the interrelated posts this far.
Links to Others Pages in Series
Build a Wall of Hope
- #1 Why Build a Wall https://newlandcoop.com/2016/06/04/wall-why-build/
- #2 Secure the Wall https://newlandcoop.com/2016/06/05/wall-secure/
- #3 Wall of Water
- #4 Transportation
- #5 Fuel, Polymers, Plastics, & Fly Ash
- #6 Housing, Health, Education
- #7 Food Supply
- #8 Wall of Hope