Intelligence divisions of both the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department have actionable information that a small element of Islamic extremists is attempting to infiltrate the US through western Canada. Their plan is to utilise small all-terrain vehicles and foot movement to cross from Canada into northern Montana.
Based on this intelligence, the Customs and Border Patrol department of DHS, along with their Montana State Police partners, have planned a tactical intercept operation to capture and detain the suspects. However, they face some logistical challenges to the success of the operation:
- Due to the 545-mile distance across Montana and its border with the three Canadian Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, line of sight radios are not a reliable or effective means to communicate in the dense forest and mountains.
- Secondly, Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies utilise different tactical radios that are not compatible when operating in line of sight modes.
The on-scene commander from CBP makes the tactical decision that commercial satellite communications are a more effective way to C2 and coordinate among the various agencies and across the expanse of terrain. Spectra Group’s SlingShot/L-TAC system is chosen to provide the COMSATCOM solution for this intercept operation. SlingShot allows all elements at the Federal and State levels to operate on a single tactical voice network. Law Enforcement assets are able to communicate across the area when on foot, in vehicles, on horseback or from aircraft in flight.