U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the frontline border security agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CBP’s mission is to enforce the laws of the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade. CBP prevents narcotics, agricultural pests, and smuggled goods from entering the country and also identifies and arrests individuals with outstanding criminal warrants. To assist the CBP, DHS created the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) program to:
- Detect an illegal entry across the U.S. border
- Identify and classify the threat level associated with that illegal entry
- Rapidly respond to the area of the illegal entry
- Bring the situation to a law enforcement resolution
Unisys, in partnership with Boeing and other major contractors was tasked with building the SBInet system. Implementing such critical capability required trustworthy people with rare and specialized skills. With limited funding, Unisys would need to man the effort with low-cost personnel residing in the expensive Washington DC metro area.