Archive: News


L-3 Communications [LLL] has received a $1 million order from the Transportation Security Administration to provide parts, services and support in support of the company’s eXaminer 6600 medium-speed Explosive Detection Systems that are used to screen checked baggage at Boston Logan International Airport. The task order covers the period from Oct. 29, 2013 until Sept. […]

U.N. Deploys Drones For First Time In Peacekeeping Mission

The United Nations force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) deployed two drones on Dec. 3 to monitor borders, marking the first time unmanned systems have been used in an international peacekeeping mission, the world body said.  The drones were launched in a northern area of the African country to watch the borders with […]

TSA R&D Strategy Includes Six Goals, 25 Priority Investment Areas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has established six research and development (R&D) goals to guide technology investments for transportation security, including several or more priority areas within each goal. The six goals were outlined in July by the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as the finishing touches […]

Akamai To Acquire Cloud-Based Security Provider Prolexic Technologies

Cloud services provider Akamai Technologies, Inc. [AKAM] has agreed to acquire Prolexic Technologies in a $370 million cash deal that would boost is security solutions capabilities and add new customers, particularly in the financial sector. Akamai said the acquisition, if factored into 2013 results, would double the size of its security business by adding about […]

Tech Developments

Smiths Detection Introduces New Vehicle Screening Systems Smiths Detection has launched two new screening systems, an ultra compact mobile system for vehicle checkpoints and a light vehicle screener for busy traffic checkpoints. The mobile HCVM e35 is suited for space constrained areas such as cities, ports, borders, airports and sporting events. The system can screen […]

Contract Awards

Army Awards Leidos $47M for Emergency Management Modernization The Army has awarded Leidos [LDOS] task orders worth up to $47 million for the engineering, design and fielding support for the emergency Management Modernization Program (EM2P). The task orders are for Enhanced 9-1-1 and Mass Warning and Notification (MWN), with Network Alerting and Telephone Alerting System. […]

Business Opportunities

DTRA Surveys Market for Biological Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has issued a Sources Sought notice to do market research on the capability of responders to offer innovative approaches to enhance the capability to detect and localize threats posed by terrorist production of biological agents. The agency seeks sources that […]

Army’s Newest AH-64E Apache Helicopter Achieves IOC

The Army’s AH-64E Apache attack helicopters have achieved Initial Operating Capability right on schedule, in the service’s latest acquisition milestone for the program, the Army said.  Soldiers of the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, known as “Tigersharks,” commanded by Lt. Col. John Davis, were issued their first AH-64E Apache in January 2013.  Fielding and individual training were […]

DARPA Selects Rockwell Collins To Develop Next-Gen Software-Defined Radio Prototype

Rockwell Collins [COL] yesterday said it received a three-year, up to $8.5 million contract, from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a direct conversion digital receiver based on photonic technology under the DISARMER program. Image: Rockwell Collins A single DISARMER digital receiver may replace multiple pieces of equipment, enable field reconfiguration and […]

TransDigm To Acquire Aerial Delivery Systems Company Airborne Systems

TransDigm Group Inc. [TDG] yesterday said it has agreed to acquire Airborne Systems Inc. for $250 million in cash, giving it a range of products for aerial delivery. Airborne Systems’ Dragonfly guided precision aerial delivery system. Photo: Airborne Systems The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 pending regulatory approvals. Airborne […]