Boeing has been managing the first task in the program, 28 mile proof-of-concept "Project 28" that is just now nearing "completion".
Boeing is not meeting milestones. It's now about 7 months later than anticipated (was supposed to be done mid-June 2007).
Some are calling for DHS to reject the progress, but can it yet??
They recently awarded Boeing an additional $64 million to develop software for the common-operating-picture... so, hopefully Boeing's cost over-runs were on the physical engineering (moving earth and turning bolts for the towers themselves), and now they're ready to get down to business!
Checking Boeing's website raises questions... 3 different subcontractors for ground sensor radars. 4 different subs providing EO/IR cameras. I don't know what a "microwave digital back-haul system" is, exactly, but if they've got 2 vendors hauling microwaves... maybe Boeing's stove isn't the best way to cook these beans.
What if the DHS had gone with a radar and sensors guru, like Northrop Grumman or Raytheon? Would they have had the tools in-house?
What if they had gone with the communications giant, Ericsson? Could they have netted it all together by now?