Robert David Steele, How Our Military can help Defend Our Border

Robert David Steele

Few people outside of the Department of Defense (DoD) understand that in preparation for winning two major theater wars, DoD has within its ranks hundreds of thousands of specialists – and tens of thousands of pieces of construction equipment as well as theater and tactical intelligence equipment able to surveil and deny key terrain – all of which are in peacetime available for training missions within the USA that support the President’s domestic objectives.  There cannot be a more important domestic objective than the defense of our borders.[1]

DoD is immediately able to bring to bear formidable resources, ideally in the context of a larger “grand strategy” that seeks to deter as well as prevent illegal immigration and the smuggling of drugs and humans – including children most of whom are being moved by human traffickers, not their parents – across our borders.[2] The National Guard, fully integrated with the active and reserve force, is part of the solution – uniquely, National Guard members are eligible for law enforcement commissions on a state by state basis, and can if so empowered (operating under state authority) become a vital hybrid force able to access law enforcement databases and work easily with both law enforcement in their home state, and their national military counterparts.

Engineering Assets

Apart from the Army Corps of Engineers,[3] each military service has its own major engineering organization ideally suited to creating — very quickly and far less expensively than any contracted effort — a series of defensive physical barriers across the southern border combined with active military patrols able to totally deny free passage to anyone and anything. From the US Army Corps of Engineers to the Service engineering units there are within DoD no fewer than 15,000 immediately assignable uniformed and civilian engineers who would be supported by logisticians and others as needed, and another 15,000 infantry and aviation personnel highly skilled at the interdiction of individual guerrilla fighters – or illegal aliens and contraband smugglers.

Imagine if instead of trying to devise a “national” standard wall at absurd expense — $20 million a mile is beyond foolish – the President directed the Secretary of Defense to issue “mission-type” orders to the ACE and the Services – the Marine Corps gets the California border to protect; the Army get the Arizona border; the Air Force assumes responsibility for the New Mexico border; and the ACE augmented by the US Navy and the considerable capabilities of the Texas state university system gets all of Texas.

Infantry, Aviation, & Intelligence Assets

Tens of thousands of Marine Corps and Army infantry, thousands of all-service aviation, and hundreds of all-service intelligence professionals are immediately available to create a “no go” zone running 1,300 miles from the Pacific Coast of California to the Gulf coast of Texas.

Below is my depiction of a “mission-type” order that could be given by the new Secretary of Defense if directed to do so by the President as part of a national emergency:

The above construct provides for three levels of homeland defense provided by DoD “by, with, and through” state authorities:

Level 1: US Air Force persistent wide-area and precision surveillance of the entire border, inclusive of “big data” processing and a new program in collaboration with the National Security Agency (NSA) that can track all active cellular telephones moving north by vehicle and on foot.

Level 2: US Army Corps of Engineers direct support to each state authority, ideally in partnership with the state university systems, to enable a national competition attracting volunteers and donations of materials to create physical obstacles along a coast to coast “no go” zone.[4]

Level 3: US Marine Corps and US Army (and at sea, US Navy) active persistent patrolling enabling the interception of every vehicle and pedestrian seeking to illicitly enter the US across the southern border.[5]

The Border Patrol Wants the Wall

The primary value of a wall is to enable very limited numbers of Border Patrol personnel to cover a very large desolate area where slow-moving vehicles cannot possibly contain the incessant challenge of hundreds of individuals, many of them children being trafficked, others criminal, seeking to cross the border each evening.

The Border Patrol wants the wall.[6] We need to give them this tool, but even more so, we need to give them the full support of our so-called Department of DEFENSE (DoD) and its engineering, infantry, aviation, and intelligence personnel.


[1] It is established without challenge that the President has the power to declare a national emergency and direct military resources toward the resolution of the root challenge demanding his declaration. Where the media and the Democrats seems to fall short is in not acknowledging the Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for DEFENSE, and that the defense of our border’s integrity is certainly a legitimate military mission in a time of national emergency.  Cf. David Welna, “Yes, The President Can Declare A ‘National Emergency’ To Build A Wall,” National Public Radio, 9 January 2019. See also Scott A. Keisler, “President Trump Needs to Declare a State of Emergency,” Truth and Liberty Blog, 10 January 2019.

[2] Walls are one essential part of the solution but not the whole solution. E-Verify is not yet ready for mandatory 100% use but is an obvious area where the President can insist that it be used for both employment and lodging while providing a sufficiency of resources to make it work. “Error Rates in E-Verify,”, 14 August 2018. A strong foreign assistance and deterrence program is clearly important, to include robust assistance to Mexico in securing its own southern border. Finally, the needs of US employers for seasonal workers who can be tracked, and the reality that most of the US below the Guadalupe-Hidalgo boundary is both Mexican in ethnic origin and Native American tribal in its original demographic, must be acknowledged. The below map is demographic reality.


It is vital to observe that the illegal immigration problem is about Other Than Mexicans (OTM), and about drugs that are being imported with the active collaboration of entire state law enforcement and judiciary networks that have been compromised. It is also vital to observe that the change of immigration policy from one of “greatest value” to “family chain migration” is the single largest legal impediment to reinstating cultural balance in the USA.

[3] The Army Corps of Engineers has spent as much as 49.3 billion in military and civil works (Fiscal Year 2008).  In recent years its budget has been closer to $20 billion a year, much of that overseas. Two of its divisions are directly focused on the southern border: the South Pacific Division and the Southwestern Division. With roughly 36,000 employees (almost 800 military, the balance civilian), it supervises over 300,000 contractors on a daily basis. A pro forma briefing, “US Army Corps of Engineering,” is available from September 2014.

[4] There are legitimate reservations about putting walls across specific tribal lands, nature reserves, and locally-owned farmland. By combining infantry and aviation patrolling with interspersed walls and more personnel and technology for the Border Patrol, we achieve near-perfect border integrity.

[5] Camp Pendleton in California is one of the largest Marine Corps installations in the world. Fort Huachuca in Arizona is one of the US Army’s most important intelligence training facilities and ideally suited to host a major US Army task force. Other facilities exist for the respective services in New Mexico and Texas. A Grand Strategy consistent with the President’s campaign promises has been devised and calls for the closure of all of our military bases overseas and the withdrawal of all US forces from elective wars and elective guerrilla campaigns – this will not only free up resources for this vital border protection operation, it will bring our troops and their wallets home to reinforce the economy as the Federal Reserve and Wall Street try to further undermine our President and our public. Robert Steele, “Grand Strategy, Global Reality, & Re-Inventing US National Security Centered on Re-Inventing the US Army,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, 8 September 2016.

[6] Stephen Dinan, “Border Patrol agents overwhelmingly support Trump’s wall in new survey,” Washington Times, 2 April 2018; more recently see Editors, “Border Patrol Chief: ‘We Certainly Need a Wall, Any Agent Will Tell You That‘,” FoxNewsInsider (Video & Text), 13 December 2018. The Border Patrol also needs additional personnel and more technology, see Ron Nixon, “What Border Agents Say They Want (It’s Not a Wall),” New York Times, 22 March 2018. The NYT lies a lot, the Border Patrol wants a wall, more people, and more technology; that is precisely the point of this expanded “no holds barred” proposal to put the entire capability of DoD in support of the Border Patrol.

DOC (4 Pages): How Our Military Can Help Defend the Border

Robert David Steele is a former Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer, former CIA spy, recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. He founded the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) movements as well as #UNRIG (Election Integrity Act). A prolific author he is also a top reviewer of non-fiction literature across 98 categories, with 2,500 reviews posted. His advice to Donald Trump can be read in one page at
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6 thoughts on “Robert David Steele, How Our Military can help Defend Our Border”

  1. We are not at war with Mexico, Mr. Steele. There is also something called the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the use of the military to carry out domestic policies. Using the military within our own borders is a danger we never want to court–and yet “mission creep” has caused this Act to be violated on several recent occasions, without apparent public criticism, by virtue of the military engaging in what appear to be humanitarian efforts, such as with Hurricane Harvey. The military is not humanitarian. It is there to kill people.

    As for the National Guard, have we seen any states call it out? Not to my knowledge.

    I disagree that we need tanks or armies to “defend” our borders. These are desperate, starving people coming here, ruined by the U.S.A.’s economic policies (NAFTA). While the wall is an incredibly wasteful and horrifying idea–as much for Americans as our neighbors to the south, since it can be used to keep Americans from leaving!–the military is not the solution for the tidal wave of people trying to immigrate. The solution is to help make Mexico and Central America economically viable again, so their people don’t WANT to come here.

    As for the Army Corps of Engineers, its reputation for competence was shown to be highly overblown when the levees in New Orleans failed during Hurricane Katrina.

    The less money thrown at the military the better.

    1. Mexico’s public and government debt as a percentage of the GNP is less than half of the US. The cost of living index is less than 1/2 that of the US. The employment rate is less and homeless are 1/10 that of the US… ummm…. WHY are they coming here?

  2. Good one, RDS. Definitely what is needed: Strategic thinking.

    To include severe fines and possible prison for any employer caught employing IAs; that word to go out widely, to show that we mean business, not business as usual. And as for being caught: to employ up-to-date technology in the matter.

    We need to get the job done, of cleanup (in many ways and areas). And then we start fresh. On a clean slate.

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