Executive Director, Air and Marine Operations Center
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Richard Booth is the Executive Director, Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC), Air and Marine Operations (AMO), U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Air and Marine Operations is the world’s largest aviation and maritime law enforcement organization with more than 1,200 Federal agents, operating from 80 air and marine locations, with 280 aircraft of 22 different types, and over 300 maritime vessels. The mission of Air and Marine Operations is to protect the American people and the Nation’s critical infrastructure through the coordinated use of integrated air and marine forces to detect, interdict, and prevent acts of terrorism and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs, and other contraband toward or across the United States.
As Executive Director, Mr. Booth supervises AMOC personnel including law enforcement agents, intelligence analysts, detection enforcement officers, interagency partners, and international personnel. He oversees AMOC’s management of Air and Maritime Domain Awareness for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Based out of the primary operations center in Riverside, California, and with a supplemental facility in Puerto Rico, the AMOC integrates sensor data and law enforcement information as well as intelligence to support a variety of homeland security missions.
Director Booth began his career as an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Air Force in 1973. In October 1996, he joined the former U.S. Customs Service (USCS) as a Detection Systems Specialist following a brief stint with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and was stationed at the AMOC for four years conducting drug interdiction missions. In 2000, he was selected for an assignment at USCS Headquarters to design and implement airspace security plans for various National Security Special Events. In 2004, he became the Deputy Director, National Security and P-3 Missions and managed Command, Control and Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance operations.
In August 2008, he became the Vice Director, Joint Interagency Task Force-South, where he jointly led a team conducting counter-narcoterrorism operations, including intelligence fusion and multi-sensor correlation to detect, monitor, and interdict suspect narco-terrorist targets. In October 2010, he transferred to The Interdiction Committee as the new Deputy Executive Director responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations related to the coordination, oversight, and integration of international, border, and domestic drug interdiction efforts in support of the National Drug Control Strategy. In July 2012, he was appointed as the Director, Domain Operations and Integration for AMO.
Director Booth has played an integral role in crafting strategic policy, such as co-authoring the North American Air Surveillance Plan with representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, and serving as a key DHS representative in the drafting of the National Strategy for Aviation Security and its corresponding support plans.
Director Booth is a retired United States Air Force noncommissioned officer and decorated veteran, having served 22 years throughout the United States and Europe. He received his Master of Science degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy at the Joint Forces Staff College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland.