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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

State Of The Border Security Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A prediction for tonight's State of the Union address: President George W. Bush will get a standing ovation when he talks tough on stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.

If our prediction holds, another group will have reason to clap: defense and technology contractors doing business in homeland security. Last week, a few hundred of their reps heard from the Administration on technology needed for an ambitious border security proposal, one that could be worth billions.

"This issue is clearly one of the most important public-policy priorities for the Administration as well as for the Congress," Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson told the crowd.

Full story at Forbes.com