Past Features

October 29, 2017

Trump Wall: Nice try,
now let's do it right?

Source: NBC News
NBC News -- October 28, 2017
Trump's Border Wall Prototypes Are Complete. Now What?
   The eight looming prototypes rising from the California desert were in keeping with President Donald Trump's desire for a "physically imposing" barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.
    But any construction of the real wall is close to a year off --- and there's another issue: There's no money.
    The border wall prototypes were made exactly to specification: Four from concrete and four others from non-concrete materials that could be used for stretches of barrier that can be seen through.
    But any meaningful construction is still at least 10 months away, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said. [...]
    The agency might select one winner, but it's more likely to identify the best features from each of the prototypes to design the specifications for another RFP, or request for proposal, for a new and improved prototype design.

Glenn Spencer -- October 29, 2017  
The prototypes were helpful after all
    The selection process used by Customs and Border Protection to pick the winners to build eight prototype walls was fraught with issues, including threats from California cities that ended up excluding two of the nation's most experienced border barrier builders from bidding. This should not be allowed to happen again.
    While six of the eight prototypes were built without see-through, a requirement established by the president after the bids were in, the cost of building them was minimal and lessons learned from the entire process were valuable.
    Even more lessons will be learned as the walls are tested, although things such as the testing of non-see-through walls for resistance to penetration is questionable. Also, smugglers dig tunnels more than 70-feet deep, and digging down six feet to get under a wall should present no problem.
    It is hoped that the Trump administration will take full advantage of these lessons and lay out a plan for border security which is "smart".