The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) recognized Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) as recipients of its 2018 Champion of Innovation Award for extraordinary leadership demonstrated in the 115th Congress to make U.S. security programs more effective through advanced technology.
As the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee, Senator Tester has encouraged the federal government to adopt the use of fiber optic sensing and other technology to solve border security and other security challenges. He has used his leadership role to provide funding to government agencies focused on solving issues of critical national security.
Representative Hurd’s signature bills in the 115th Congress included H.R. 3479, the Secure Miles with All Resources and Technology (SMART) Act. This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to deploy the most practical and effective technology available to achieve situational awareness and operational control along the U.S. border.