SBInet reaches a turning point

Few would dispute that there are problems securing the United States'
borders. And the country seems to be of two minds on how we regain
control. A low-tech approach uses steel and concrete, while a high-tech
approach relies on satellite imagery, unmanned aerial vehicles and remote
sensors.

Two years into the SBInet, the nation doesn't have much to show for it. The
government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to build a real fence and
a virtual one. There have been delays and failures. Homeland Security
Department officials have spent countless hours on Capitol Hill defending the
program. Prime contractor Boeing Co. has had to explain technology choices
and fight a public relations battle.

Too often, SBInet has seemed destined to land on a list of failed and costly
programs.

However, as staff writer Alice Lipowicz explains in her SBInet special report,
the high-tech virtual fence might be reaching a turning point, and it is a turn in
the right direction.

Part of this is because of new DHS leadership for the program. Boeing also
has taken advantage of delays to work out kinks in the technologies it is using
and in its development and implementation processes. Lipowicz spoke with DHS
and Boeing leaders about their progress and the challenges ahead.

2009 will be a watershed year for the program. DHS has to decide whether
to extend Boeing's contract, and Boeing has to earn that extension.

About the Author

Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts

  • How Do You Support the Project Lifecycle?

    How do best-in-class project-based companies create and actively mature successful organizations? They find the right mix of people, processes and tools that enable them to effectively manage the project lifecycle. REGISTER for this webinar to hear how properly managing the cycle of capture, bid, accounting, execution, IPM and analysis will allow you to better manage your programs to stay on scope, schedule and budget. Learn More!

  • Sequestration, LPTA and the Top 100

    Join Washington Technology’s Editor-in-Chief Nick Wakeman as he analyzes the annual Top 100 list and reveals critical insights into how market trends have impacted its composition. You'll learn what movements of individual companies means and how the market overall is being impacted by the current budget environment, how the Top 100 rankings reflect the major trends in the market today and how the biggest companies in the market are adapting to today’s competitive environment. Learn More!