DHS Announces SBINET Contract Award to Boeing
(Source: US Department of Homeland Defense; issued Sept. 21, 2006)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the award of a contract with the Boeing Co. to implement SBInet along the United States northern and southern borders. The landmark SBInet program will provide DHS, and its agents and officers, with the best possible solution to detect, identify, classify, respond to and resolve illegal entry attempts at our land borders with Mexico and Canada.

Announced last year by Secretary Chertoff, the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) is a comprehensive plan to control our borders and stem the flow of illegal immigration through an integrated mix of increased staffing, more robust interior enforcement, greater investment in detection technology and infrastructure, and enhanced coordination on federal, state, local, and international levels.

A critical component of the SBI strategy is SBInet, a program focused on transforming border control through technology and infrastructure. SBInet will provide frontline personnel advantages in securing the nation’s land borders by fielding the most effective mix of current and next generation technology, infrastructure, staffing, and response platforms.

“SBInet will integrate the latest technology and infrastructure to interdict illegal immigration and stop threats attempting to cross borders,” said DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff. “This strategic partnership allows the department to exploit private sector ingenuity and expertise to quickly secure our nation’s borders.”

The SBInet solution will be deployed using a homeland security threat-based approach. A model of the entire solution mix will be deployed at the Southwest border during the next eight months. Following this initial deployment, additional task orders will be issued focusing on the Southwest border first.

Boeing’s award of the SBInet acquisition was made through a full and open best value competition.

The SBInet contract is an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contract with a performance period of three years, with a potential for three one-year long contract extensions. U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s SBI Program Management Office serves as executive agent for the department’s SBInet program—leading, managing and working with Boeing to implement this comprehensive multi-year plan to secure America’s borders and reduce illegal migration. (ends)

Boeing Team Awarded SBInet Contract by Department of Homeland Security
(Source: Boeing Co.; issued Sept. 21, 2006)
ST. LOUIS --- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded an industry team led by The Boeing Company a contract for the department's technology component of its Secure Border Initiative (SBI) effort, SBInet. The contract work will be performed over a three-year period with three one-year options.

The Boeing SBInet team was selected over a field of major domestic and international teams in a competition that began earlier this year. Boeing's solution concentrated on using proven, low risk, off-the-shelf technology to ensure SBInet will significantly improve the availability of information and tools to Border Patrol agents so they can better detect, identify, classify and resolve illegal border activity by those who pose a threat to the United States.

"Being selected to support Customs and Border Protection as they secure our nation's borders is a testament to the strength of our team and the expertise, talent and focus that we bring to this task," said George Muellner, president of Boeing Advanced Systems for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "Our team is absolutely committed to making SBInet a success, and we are ready to respond immediately to our customer in the detailed design and deployment of this critical solution to enhance our nation's border security system."

The Boeing SBInet core team includes:

- Centech -- Arlington, Va.
- DRS Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group -- Palm Bay, Fla.
- Kollsman Inc. (an Elbit Systems of America company) -- Merrimack, N.H.
- L-3 Government Services Inc. -- Washington, D.C.
- L-3 Communication Systems West -- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Lucent Technologies -- Murray Hill, N.J.
- Perot Systems -- Plano, Texas
- Unisys Global Public Sector -- Reston, Va.
- USIS -- Washington, D.C.

In the coming months, Boeing will issue subcontracts to many additional companies including small and minority-owned businesses, to bring the best available solutions to SBInet.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.8 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer; a foremost developer of advanced concepts and technologies; a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in sustainment solutions and launch services.


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