Archive: Homeland Defense

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First Ever TSA Reauthorization Included In FAA Bill

A congressional bill that that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) includes a separate amendment aimed at modernizing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), including a provision that would provide for a five-year term for the head of TSA. The TSA Modernization Act is the first reauthorization of TSA, which stood up in Nov. 2001 […]

Leidos' Exploranium radiation portal monitor. Photo: Leidos

DHS Selects L3, Leidos And Smiths Detection For RPM Replacement Program

The Department of Homeland Security last week awarded contracts to three companies–L3 Technologies [LLL], Leidos [LDOS], and Smiths Detection–to supply replacement drive-through radiation portal monitor (RPM) systems for deployment at U.S. ports. The award is worth a combined $291.4 million and was announced via the Sept. 19 FedBizOpps website. The award was made by Office […]

Crossmatch's Nomad 30 pocket reader fingerprint devices. Photo: HID Global

HID Global Acquires Biometric Company Crossmatch

HID Global on Monday said it has acquired the identity management company Crossmatch in a deal that significantly expands its biometric product portfolio and authentication and identity assurance solutions. HID Global, which is part of Sweden’s Assa Abloy Group, didn’t disclose the purchase price. Assa Abloy said in a separate release that Crossmatch, which has […]

Fortem Technologies' DroneHunter counter UAS system can track and monitor small drone threats. The system can also shoot a net at an airborne drone to disable it and lower to the ground. Photo: Fortem Technologies

Counter Drone Measure Included In Bipartisan House, Senate FAA Agreement

House and Senate conferees last Saturday evening reached agreement on a bipartisan, long-term reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes legislation allowing the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to counter threats posed by drones in limited circumstances. The counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) legislation also allows DHS to research, develop and […]

William Bryan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be under secretary of Science and Technology for DHS. Bryan is currently the acting head of S&T. Photo: DHS

Acting DHS S&T Chief Reorganizing, Revitalizing Directorate

The Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate within the Department of Homeland Security is transitioning to a new organizational structure that he says will be more transparent for all to see and more accountable and flexible to address rapidly changing threats and take advantage of existing technology solutions that are also innovating quickly. The revitalization effort […]

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House Committee Passes Counter UAS, Cyber, Border Security Bills

In likely its last markup this year, the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday unanimously approved five bills dealing with cyber and border security and countering drones, sending them to the House for consideration. One bill, the Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act of 2017 (S. 1281), passed the Senate earlier this year. The […]

Analogic's ConneCT computed tomography checkpoint baggage scanner. Photo: Analogic

TSA Issues RFP For Next-Generation Checkpoint Baggage Scanners

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last Friday solicited bids for its next-generation of carry-on baggage scanners that will be used at airport checkpoints with the promise of improving the experience for travelers while enhancing aviation security. The RFP is for Advanced Technology/Computed Tomography (AT/CT) systems, with AT systems representing the current technology deployed at airport […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

White House, DHS Planning ‘Cyber Security Moonshot,’ First Study Set For November

Department of Homeland Security and White House technology officials are working on a “cyber security moonshot” effort to fix lagging digital security issues in the face of growing adversarial cyber threats with a first study on the plan due in November. Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary at DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate, and Grant Schneider, […]

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TSA Awards Leidos $197 Million Bridge To Continue Support For Checkpoint Screening Equipment

After successfully getting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to terminate a potential $578 million contract with Peraton, incumbent contractor Leidos [LDOS] has received a potential $196.5 million bridge contract from the agency to continue providing maintenance for airport checkpoint screening equipment while a new competition is held. TSA last week said the bridge contract runs […]