Northrop Grumman announced today its team for securing U.S. borders as part its bid for the Department of Homeland Security Secure Border Initiative Net (SBInet).
The list reads like a who's who of cutting edge technology providers and designers, including Anteon International, SRA International, BearingPoint, L-3 Communications, L. Robert Kimball & Associates, HNTB Corporation and General Dynamics. To a lesser extent, the company says that it will include EMC Corporation, ESRI, Hughes Network Systems, Motorola, Sprint/Nextel, Oracle Corporation, Identix and Nortel.
Northrop Grumman is considered by man to be one of the companies in the top of the running for the SBInet job, and the company's defense integration business has been a common provider for large-scale government projects.
"Together with our industry partners, we can deliver a comprehensive solution, working closely with the government to enable stronger border security, deter illegal border crossings, and ultimately help achieve DHS's goal of operational control of our nation's borders," said Wood Parker, president of Northrop Grumman Information Technology's Intelligence Group, in announcing the bid partners.
The Secure Border Initiative has gained a great deal of attention, especially as porous borders have drawn criticism concerning the possibility of weak borders as a by-way for terrorism, and as a chief concern about the flood of illegal immigrants into the U.S. looking for work.
The DHS contract, which would be a $2 billion, six-year program that fully integrates border security, will likely be decided upon by September of this year.
WHO'S ON THE LIST:
Anteon International: A leading government systems integrator with core specialization in training and simulation, currently working on government personal identity verification projects. In plans to merge with General Dynamics.
SRA International: SRA is a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions - including systems design, development and integration; and outsourcing and managed services - to clients in national security, civil government, and health care and public health.
HNTB Corporation: HNTB Corporation is a national infrastructure firm (specializing in transportation) that offers extensive design, engineering and planning services to federal, state and local public and private clients.
General Dynamics: The company is a leading supplier of sophisticated defense systems to the United States and its allies.
L. Robert Kimball & Associates: National architectural and engineering firm with additional strengths in information technologies, transportation and government projects.
BearingPoint: BearingPoint provides strategic consulting, application services, technology solutions and managed services to Global 2000 companies and government organizations.
L-3 Communications (Titan Group): Titan Group is a division of L-3 Communications that specializes in comprehensive information and communications products, solutions, and services for national and homeland security, serving the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, and other government customers.
EMC Corporation: EMC offers products, services, and solutions for information storage and its management
ESRI: Top-level provider of GIS (geographic information systems) mapping and software technologies.
Motorola: Voice/data communications provider
Identix: Biometrics solutions and identity verification company; in plans to merge with Viisage
Nextel/Sprint: Recent merger of two companies provides merged services of audio communications, networking, and custom communications solutions
Oracle Corporation: Database and enterprise solutions technology company
Nortel: Core networking company to enable data communications with a long list of government and Fortune 500 clients.