Lockheed Martin’s Secure Border Initiative (SBInet) solution will present the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a balanced mix of people, process, technology and infrastructure in order to gain full operational control of the country’s borders, the corporation said. The solution was shaped by the company’s eight team members, each chosen for specific expertise in areas relevant to homeland and border security. The SBInet program is a comprehensive multi-year plan to secure America’s 6000 miles of borders.

“Our team is composed of companies that are actively participating in cornerstone programs for DHS, protecting America’s ports of entry in the air, on the water and on the ground,” said Jay Dragone, vice president, Homeland Security Programs. “Collectively, we offer a wealth of experience in border control and security, infrastructure and integrated communications—with a strong history of successful past performance on critical national programs. Our SBInet solution will result in a flexible system that provides an integrated common operational picture at the agent, station, sector and headquarters level and is tailored to the needs of the individual user.”

Lockheed Martin’s proposed solution is focused on two factors: 1) ensure operational success and safety by understanding and meeting the critical needs of agents and officers, and 2) ensure program success by creating a strategic plan to measurably enhance control of the borders while maximizing use of existing capabilities. The SBInet solutions include: a performance-based approach to monitor real-time progress; an open business model that provides continuous competition; an extensive investment program to ensure day-one program execution, early capability delivery, risk reduction efforts and continued development technologies; an experienced stakeholder advisory council; and intelligence-driven operations to maximize resource efficiency and effectiveness.

Lockheed Martin’s partner companies include Accenture, Advanced Technology Systems, HDR, Harris Corp., High Performance Technologies Inc., Parson Corp., Science Applications International Corp. and Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services. The assembled team’s relevant experience on critical national security programs includes: Deepwater, US-VISIT, Customs and Border Protection Automated Environment, TCA’s Strategic Airport Security Roll-out Program, New York Metropolitan Transit Authority’s electronic security project and security for the 2004 Olympics in Greece. Like SBInet, these programs require the development, management and deployment of very large, complex systems as well as the connection of field staff with each other and to regional and headquarters locations.

In addition to its larger partner companies, Lockheed Martin has actively solicited the participation of small businesses throughout the country for the program. The company held industry days in seven communities and established a small business web portal to identify qualified small businesses to supply services, technology and product capabilities that would augment the corporation’s SBInet solution. To date, more than 612 small businesses have responded, including minority and women-owned, Native American, service disabled veteran and veteran-owned businesses.

“We’ve built our solution on an open business model providing partnership and results, not selling products,” added Dragone. “Throughout the program, we believe it will be essential to engage with small businesses, in order to assess new innovations to keep the borders secure in the face of changing security needs.”