Border-security contract award moves closer

The finalists to make a second attempt to build a virtual border fence may be named in the coming days, according to Defense News.

The Homeland Security Department released a request for proposals in April, and bids were due May 30. DHS’ Customs and Border Protection said that finalists would be announced in late August or early September.

This is the second attempt to build a virtual fence to spot illegal border crossings. The first attempt, with Boeing Co. as the prime contractor, was cancelled after $1 billion was spent to cover 53 miles of the Arizona border with Mexico.

Boeing is one of the bidders on this second attempt, along with Lockheed Martin Corp. and a team led by General Dynamics and EADS.

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Wed, Aug 22, 2012 Industry Watcher "Just" Outside the Beltway

This has been interesting to watch. All of these DoD contractors are facing massive additional layoffs. Only one will slow the difficult time each are about to face with sequestration. This program is not enough to make a significant difference in that inevitability. The winner of this one is likely to find out that DoD work is not the same as civil work, a lesson Boeing failed to learn the first time. This occurred as Boeing tried to pass off ill-suggested military system spinoffs for a decidedly civil need. Hopefully, each of these competitors have cautiously reviewed their submissions, dropping out of the Mil-Spec, cost-overun-centric business practices three of the vendors mention above are well known for. Any other approach is likely to end very similar to Boeing's first debacle: Taxpayers simply cannot afford another SBInet or Solyndra.

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