Archive: Homeland Defense

NIH Wants Applications for Chemical Countermeasures

The National Institutes of Health seeks applications for Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) advanced development cooperative agreements. The mission of the CounterACT program is to develop new and improved medical countermeasures against chemical threats. These include pulmonary agents such as chlorine, industrial chemicals such as cyanide, and nerve agents such as sarin. The focus will […]

Navy Seeks Sources for MDA Prototype Acceleration Project

The Navy has issued a sources sought notice for the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Prototype Acceleration Project. The project consists of two spirals: the first is mainly focused on the fielding of existing MDA tools and capabilities with high technology maturity levels; and the second, which is the subject of the current solicitation, is to […]

Government, Industry Collaborating to Better Understand Millimeter Wave Sensor Needs and Capabilities

In an effort to get suppliers of millimeter wave security sensors and potential government buyers on the same page, industry officials from companies in the U.S. and the United Kingdom have begun meeting with government officials from U.S. and European security agencies to better understand what the governments’ needs are and what capabilities industry can […]

TSA Awards Checkpoint Security Contracts; Makes More Moves

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) awarded $52.3 million in recent contracts for various new security equipment, most of which is headed to airport security checkpoints, including awards to OSI Systems [OSIS] and Smiths Detection for their Advanced Technology (AT) X-Ray machines that screen carry-on bags for explosives and weapons. TSA also has begun a pilot-test […]

DHS Issues RFI on Protected Critical Infrastructure Information Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) related to a follow-on acquisition to provide program management services, training, and communication and outreach support to the Protected Critical Infrastructure Information Program. The current contract was awarded in February 2006 to Booz Allen Hamilton. Results from the RFI will be used […]

Smiths Detection Launches iLane

Smiths Detection has introduced a new capability for checkpoint security called iLane, which involves diverting suspicious carry-on bags away from a passenger for secondary screening based on a primary examination of the parcels by a security officer at an X-Ray machine. Smiths says that iLane would increase efficiency at airport security checkpoints because for one […]

Joint NBC Reconnaissance System Industry Day

The Joint Program Manager for Nuclear Biological and Chemical Contamination Avoidance will hose an Industry Day briefing for the Joint NBC Reconnaissance System Increment 2 project on Nov. 7 at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. JNBCRS2 is an integration of existing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection, protection and sampling equipment […]

FLO Acquires rtGO Solution from Unisys

FLO Corp., a former subsidiary of Saflink set up to be a service provider under the Registered Traveler (RT) program, is acquiring the rtGO Registered Traveler business of Unisys [UIS]. Unisys operates its rtGO service at a single airport, Reno/Tahoe International in Nevada while FLO has been selected by Huntsville International Airport in Alabama to […]

L-3 Introduces Desktop ETD Machine

L-3 Communications [LLL] last month introduced a new desktop Explosives Trace Detection (ETD) called OptEX that is based on energetic material detection and is currently going through a round of government testing for possible use at airports. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing OptEX, as well as other new ETD machines, for an updated […]

ICF Wins DHS Contract to Implement Chemical Facility Standards

ICF International [ICFI] received a potential $15 million contract over five years to help the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implement new Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. The initial award is worth $2.8 million for the base year. ICF will provide support in the areas of program management, communications management, acquisition management, administration, business and enterprise […]