Author Archives: Calvin Biesecker

Business Opportunities

CBP Seeks Information on Handheld X-Ray Scanners Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to identify vendors that can provide handheld X-Ray scanners to support the Non-Intrusive Inspection program. The scanners will be used to detect the presence of concealed objects in targeted conveyances at ports of entry and land […]

Contract Awards

Smiths Detection Receives India Order for EDS Systems Smiths Detection has received an order from the Airports Authority of India for multiple CTX 9800 DSiTM explosive detection systems (EDS) valued at more than $50 million. The high-speed EDS systems will be deployed at 11 sites across nine airports for inline hold baggage screening. Smiths says […]

Tech Developments

CBP Deploys Integrated Fixed Towers in Sonoita Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has accepted and deployed an integrated radar and camera tower system in a third area of the southern U.S. border. The Integrated Fixed Tower System (IFT), designed and built by Elbit Systems of America, is now deployed in the Sonoita, Ariz., area of […]

Coast Guard Releases RFP for Small UAS for National Security Cutters

The Coast Guard this month issued a solicitation for contractor provided surveillance services using small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) aboard the entire fleet of National Security Cutters (NSCs). The commercially-acquired services include surveillance, detection, classification and identification of a wide range of targets using the ship-based sUAS systems, according to the Feb. 7 Request for […]

TSA’s FY ’19 Request for Passenger Screening Focused on CT Systems

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is seeking $71.5 million in FY ’19 for investments in its passenger screening program, with all of the funding proposed for acquiring 145 computed tomography (CT) systems that will screen carry-on bags at checkpoints. The budget proposal represents the largest request by the agency for CT systems at the checkpoint, […]

Briefing

NARCORPS Specialties, LLC has received a potential four-month, $2.3 million contract extension from the Transportation Security Administration to continue providing Role Player Support Services. NARCORPS supports the Federal Air Marshal Service, the Federal Flight Deck Officer training program, and the TSA Canine Training Center. The extension will allow time for the Government Accountability Office to […]

iStock Cyber Lock

White House Says ‘Malicious Cyber Activity’ Cost US $109 Billion In 2016

Cyber-attacks cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016 and are measured in things like lost revenue, data and intellectual property, court settlements, regulatory penalties and reputational damage, says a new report by the White House Council of Economic Advisors. The most costly attacks are associated with cyber theft of intellectual […]

European Commission Okays Northrop Grumman Acquisition Of Orbital ATK

The European Commission has approved Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] pending $7.8 billion acquisition of Orbital ATK [OA], moving the deal one step closer to completion. Northrop Grumman said it is still awaiting the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to complete its review of the deal, which was announced last September. The company expects the acquisition to close in the first […]

White House Blames Russian Military For NotPetya Global Cyber Attack

After months of conducting its due diligence, the U.S. government on Feb. 15 attributed Russia’s military with a cyber-attack last summer that masqueraded as ransomware but in reality was meant to wipe clean infected computers worldwide and ended up costing companies and organizations billions of dollars in damage. The White House press office issued a […]

iStock Cyber Lock

White House Blames Russian Military For NotPetya Global Cyber Attack

After months of conducting its due diligence, the U.S. government on Thursday attributed Russia’s military with a cyber-attack last summer that masqueraded as ransomware but in reality was meant to wipe clean infected computers worldwide and ended up costing companies and organizations billions of dollars in damage. The White House press office issued a statement […]