Raytheon Reveals Key Strategies to Secure U.S. Borders Under SBInet
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company cites "Speed to Deployment" and "Model Before You Build" as two key strategies in its bid to help the Department of Homeland Security gain operational control of the United States borders under the Secure Borders Initiative (SBInet) program.
The strategies reinforce how Raytheon is poised to make an immediate impact based on extensive accomplishments of the team, which has been working continuously for the last two years. These strategies are part of a broader approach that focuses on the integration of people, processes, infrastructure and technology.
"Speed to Deployment" speaks to the team's readiness. In 2004, Raytheon selected IBM, BAE Systems and Bechtel National as the core team that focuses on all the key skills needed to provide a balanced approach to securing the border. The Raytheon team includes expertise from companies that lead their respective fields in business process reengineering; surveillance technology systems; national-level infrastructure and deployment management; site acquisition and environmental permitting.
The team has worked continuously since then, completing the "As Is" analysis of two Customs and Border Protection demanding sectors: Tucson, Ariz., and Swanton, Vt.
"We looked at what technology existed today and performed field experiments to see how well that technology performs," said Ray Wheeler, Raytheon SBInet director of Business Development. "We analyzed the ability to integrate sensors, communications, and command and control in field environments. We did extensive sensor testing to validate performance models and to determine how well the systems and sensors work. In the communications arena, we analyzed local cellular systems, narrow and wide band networking communications as well as SATCOM to determine the best use of those capabilities."
The intensive program review of the baseline system increases the speed with which the team can deploy an effective system. The model before you build approach also enhances the ability to deploy a proven, low-risk solution rapidly. "Having the modeling and simulation capability to develop your solution before you build it, and having the confidence that it will work are tremendous advantages," said Wheeler.
The team bases its efforts on an integrated suite of models that help develop the optimum configuration of people, processes, infrastructure and technology. For example, Raytheon used its Sensor Terrain Analysis Tool (STAT) as an element of technology integration.
STAT is a graphical application that allows the user to construct a sensor network by placing individual sensor icons on a map and displaying combined coverage capability of the sensors in the customer's environment.
Raytheon also uses other models that address the other domains needed to achieve a balanced, integrated solution. In process models, the team evaluates different approaches to modeling the identity screening process and to confirming effective business process reengineering approaches.
The modeling strategy offers Raytheon the flexibility to work collaboratively with the customer to build out a nationwide solution in an efficient, low-risk approach.
"The outcome of all our efforts allows us to provide situational awareness to all levels of the organization," said Matt Gilligan, Raytheon SBInet program manager. Gilligan most recently led the multi-billion dollar SIVAM (System for Vigilance of the Amazon) program to an on-time, on-budget completion. This Raytheon-led program provided surveillance and border security for the Amazon region, a 2-million square mile area, roughly equivalent to two-thirds of the United States.
"Our tools enhance decision making and resource planning as well as increase agent safety. When all is said and done, that's really what we are trying to do -- help the government secure the border and keep our agents safe," Gilligan said.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2005 sales of $21.9 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.
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