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Homeland agency faces expanded mission with costly, outdated fleet

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement division is drafting a comprehensive modernization plan to replace an aging and costly fleet while dealing with an expanded mission, its director said Friday. More than two-thirds of the fleet for ICE’s air and marine operations division needs to be replaced “almost immediately” to avoid obsolescence and to save money in operations, AMO Director Charles Stallworth said Friday. The division submitted a report on its Clear Skies modernization plan to Congress in March, but no funding request for it was included in the fiscal 2005 budget submission. “The Clear Skies plan is one that focuses primarily on the recapitalization of what is an aging fleet,” Stallworth said during a ceremony at Reagan National Airport in Washington to display the division’s aircraft and boats. “Some of [the craft] have outlived what would be a published useful life twice over. And what that means is not that they’re unsafe, but it means it costs a lot more to maintain them.” Full Story

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