Mark Reed, the president of Border Management Strategies in Tucson, Ariz., and a member of the Raytheon team under BAE Systems, said the proposed security shield marked an unprecedented commitment to construct high-tech "eyes and ears" on the border.
"At the end," he said, "what's important is that the taxpayers end up with a product that works."
Profiles of the teams that are competing to win the contract for the multibillion-dollar Secure Border Initiative Net:
--Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Inc.
Headquarters: St. Louis
Expertise: Installed explosives-detection systems at 438 airports in less than seven months after Sept 11, 2001.
Bid highlights: Radar and infrared camera on towers. Possible hand-launched unmanned aerial vehicles. Portable devices to check fingerprints and facial biometrics.
Elbit Systems of America, Fort Worth, Texas
DRS Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Palm Bay, Fla.
L-3 Government Services Inc., Washington
Perot Systems, Plano, Texas
Unisys Global Public Sector, Reston, Va.
Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, N.J.
-- Ericsson Inc.
Based in Sweden.
U.S. headquarters: Plano, Texas
Employees: 4,500 in the United States
Expertise: Built a border-surveillance system on the Norway-Russia border and won contracts for border security in Hungary and Slovakia.
Bid highlights: Thousands of ground-based sensors, high-resolution cameras, radar. Limited use of unmanned aerial vehicles to track immigrants in desolate area.
Computer Sciences Corp., El Segundo, Calif.
Fluor Corp., Irving, Texas
SYColeman Corp., Arlington, Va., a division of L-3 Communications
MTC Technologies Inc., Dayton, Ohio
Camber Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
AEP Networks Inc., Somerset, N.J.
Texas A&M University, College Station
University of Texas at Austin
-- Lockheed Martin
Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.
Expertise: High-altitude surveillance balloons. Underwater detection systems.
Proposal: Unmanned aerial vehicles, sensors, cameras, possibly surveillance balloons.
Team members: About half-a-dozen major teammates, but names haven't been disclosed.
-- Northrop Grumman Information Technology
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Expertise: Broad background in information technology. Works with law enforcement agencies.
Bid highlights: "Persistent surveillance" from ground and air sensors. One major component: Northrop Grumman's unmanned Global Hawks.
Anteon International Corp., Fairfax, Va.
SRA International, Fairfax, Va.
BearingPoint Inc., McLean, Va.
L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Ebensburg, Pa.
HNTB Corp., Kansas City, Mo.
L-3 Communications Titan Group, San Diego
General Dynamics, Falls Church, Va.
Identix, Minnetonka, Minn.
EMC Corp., Hopkinton, Mass.
ESRI, Redlands, Calif.
Hughes Network Systems LLC, Germantown, Md.
Motorola Inc., Schaumberg, Ill.
Sprint/Nextel, Reston, Va.
Oracle Corp., Redwood Shores, Calif.
Nortel, Brampton, Ontario
-- Raytheon Network Centric Systems
Headquarters: McKinney, Texas
Expertise: Sensor-based security at airports. Erected $1.4 billion surveillance shield over the Amazon rain forest.
Bid highlights: "Tool kit" of solutions that could include communication satellites, aircraft, cameras, sensors
IBM Corp., Armonk, N.Y.
BAE Systems branch in Austin, Texas
Bechtel National Inc., Frederick, Md.
Apogen Technologies Inc., McLean, Va.
Deloitte Consulting LLP, New York