Monday, August 27, 2012

National Security and the Public Safety Broadband Using Public Private Partnership for RFP Considerations




National Security should be one of the main concerns when the term Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) is used. It should include any, and all, related necessities that are also part of the National Security solution, such as any related industry function that is itself considered a National Security element, i.e. transportation, utilities, police, fire, etc.

It may be just me, but when I hear the term Public Safety I see an all inclusive national security solutions that envelop the entire ecosystem of infrastructure and economic engines that power and protect the Untied States. I don’t limit its long-term evolution to just the Police, Fire and EMS.

The reason I bring this up is to illustrate a point of which FirstNet, and the States, should consider when reviewing the makeup of the respondents to a States (and the Feds) P3 RFP arrangement. Following the development of the States business plan to execute the PSBN, it is typical that an RFP be solicited to the market.  The normal RFP process will have a typical prime contractor and their subs outlined in a teaming agreement before a proposal is submitted. In this case the prime will be the investment house. The investment team would, acting as the prime, establish a main contractor to act as the Program Manager, which then sub-contracts to team members, as would any typical RFP arrangement. The only difference here is the “prime” is the investment team rather than a general contractor or program management team. The reason being is that the P3 RFP is basically a purchase agreement for the entire RFP to which a Build, Own and Operate (BOO) model can be executed.  

In looking at the main investment team they would make up players such as JP Morgan, Deutschemark, GE Capital and others. The general contractors should be folks like Raytheon or General Dynamics…why? Because the nature of the Public Safety Network will be a National Security Interest and these types of firms are usually the leaders that deliver in this industry.

Here is the breakdown of the top 20 Government contractors (for the Federal Government) as of 2008.  You should note that the major OEMs for manufacturing access and transport gear for both wireless and wireline networks didn’t even rank in the top 100.


Lockheed Martin Corporation
The Boeing Company
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Bae Systems PLC
General Dynamics Corporation
Raytheon Company
Emerson Construction Co Inc
United Technologies Corporation
L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.
Saic, Inc.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
The Boeing Company
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Bae Systems PLC
General Dynamics Corporation
Raytheon Company
Emerson Construction Co Inc
United Technologies Corporation
L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.
Saic, Inc.


Here is the top twenty for 2012:

I raise these points to illustrate the teaming arrangements a State, and FirstNet, should consider when deploying our Nations First Responder Broadband Network. Once again, it may be just me, but I would have to say that the PSBN is a National Security concern and thus should be treated as one.

Just some guy and a blog….

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