Archive: Homeland Defense

DHS Advisory Panel Recommends International Registered Traveler Program

An advisory panel charged by the Departments of Homeland Security and State to suggest ways to balance the nation’s security while maintaining a welcome mat in the United States for foreign visitors includes among its recommendations that the U.S. test an international trusted traveler program that could quickly be expanded to the top 20 international […]

NNSA Outlines Options For Weapons Contract Consolidation

By George Lobsenz The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) yesterday laid out a range of options for consolidating and streamlining its operating contracts for the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons complex, including putting several facilities under one contractor and buying uranium processing and other services from commercial facilities regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. NNSA, the […]

Norfolk Area Ports to get Two High Energy Container Inspection Systems

NORFOLK, Va.-Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as part of a larger purchase of new high-energy container inspection X-Ray systems, is expected to supply two of the systems for use at the Port of Virginia for improved container security. CBP currently operates two mobile VACIS systems supplied by Science Applications International Corp. [SAI] at the various […]

Acro Signs Up Distributors to Extend Global Reach

Acro Inc. [ACRI], maker of the pocket-sized, disposable ACRO Peroxide Explosives Tester (PET), has appointed new distribution partners to extend its reach in the Asia Pacific Region, North America and United Kingdom. IEDS Ltd., which focuses on sniffing dogs training, will distribute Acro’s explosives detection solutions in the U.K. Segal/Tyler Associates will distribute the company’s […]

DNDO Issues Several Announcements

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) for exploratory detection research, nuclear forensics and academic research. Under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) 08-101, DNDO is seeking proposals from private industry, academic institutions and non-profit organizations for exploratory research for nuclear detection technology that may lead to a dramatic improvement in national capabilities in nuclear/radiological detection, verification and […]

RedXDefense Device Completes Independent Testing

RedXDefense says its XPAK handheld explosives trace detector has successfully completed independent laboratory tests demonstrating that it meets certain military standard specifications. The environmental, drop and emissions tests met were: MIL-STD-810F Method 501.4 and 502.4 for high temperature and low temperature storage respectively; MIL-STD- 810F Method 507.4 for humidity; MIL-STD-810F Method 616.5 for mechanical shock, […]

UDT Receives Purchase Order for Plague Detection Kits

Universal Detection Technology [UDTT] received a purchase order from Security Solutions International (SSI) for the company’s plague detection kits. SSI will showcase the kits at seminars and conferences where it will be providing counter-terrorism training and education to law enforcement, Army, and emergency responder personnel. Separately, UDT says it provided training in bio-terrorism detection at […]

PharmAthene Expects up to $1.6M for Anthrax Therapeutic

PharmAthene, Inc. [PIP] expects to receive up to $1.6 million from the Pentagon for continued development of its Anthrax therapeutic Valortim after Congress included the funds in the FY ’08 Defense Appropriations Act. Preclinical studies of Valortim have shown that the drug could be used as a prophylactic-post exposure but prior to the emergence of […]

GD’s PASS Card Contract Latest in Series of Credentialing, Document Wins

General Dynamics [GD] this month received a potential $93.3 million contract from the Department of State to produce a new border travel document, the PASS Card, continuing a series of recent wins in secure document and credentialing business for the company. GD’s Information Technology (IT) business unit earlier this month won a potential $28.8 million […]

Telephonics to Provide Mobile Surveillance System to CBP

Telephonics Corp., a subsidiary of the Griffon Corp. [GFF], received a $14.5 million contract from the General Services Administration to supply its Mobile Surveillance Systems to Customs and Border Protection for border security applications. The integrated surveillance system includes a ground surveillance radar, electro- optical/infrared sensors, and accurate GPS location data along with a common […]