Archive: Homeland Defense

Polimatrix Nabs Win in Illinois Portable Rad Detector Competition

The State of Illinois has selected Polimatrix, Inc., to supply upwards of 20,000 pager style radiation detection and identification devices that will be used by law enforcement officers and first responders across the state. The four-year award is potentially the largest such contract in the U.S. for radiation detection devices at the state and local […]

Northrop Grumman to Compete for Coast Guard NAIS

Northrop Grumman [NOC] will compete to design and install the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), a two-way maritime digital data communication system that will improve safety and security along the nation’s littorals. A Request for Proposals for NAIS Increment 2 is expected to be released this month although the timing of this has […]

Army Soliciting for Portable CBRN Detectors for CEDAP

The Army Contracting Agency at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., is soliciting commercially available equipment for the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) in the areas of field portable chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection devices. CEDAP is a competitive program that helps meet the equipment needs and training of smaller jurisdictions and communities. Under […]


*Cross Match Technologies, which last month renewed plans for its initial public stock offering (IPO), has postponed that offering again, citing volatile conditions in the nation’s financial markets. “The company believes that current market conditions are not favorable to maximize shareholder value and will continue to monitor the financial markets,” Cross Match says. Earlier this […]

DHS Initiates New Rapid Technology Application Program

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate has initiated the second Rapid Technology Application Program (RTAP) Broad Agency Announcement to meet the rapid technology development needs of emergency responders and internal DHS customers. DHS currently seeks white papers for the rapid prototyping of systems for explosives detection, specifically a trace detection portal. […]

Corps of Engineers Awards $488M in Potential DHS Border Infrastructure

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded four construction firms separate indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts worth a potential $488 million combined for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tactical infrastructure projects in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the Southwest U.S. border. The four firms are Environmental Chemical Corp., Kiewit Texas Construction, Weston Solutions, and […]

SRI’s Maritime and Port Security Centers Gets $36.5M Navy Award

The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded SRI International a five-year, $36.5 million contract to develop, demonstrate and test advanced sensing and situational awareness technologies and systems to improve port security in the U.S. The work will be carried out by SRI’s National Center for Maritime and Port Security (NCMPS), which was established earlier this […]

DHS Seeks Long Range S&T Projects

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) branch is seeking proposals for long-range projects and innovative prototypes in the following areas of strategic interest: explosive countermeasures, including detection, mitigation and response to a variety of threats; chemical and biological analyses and countermeasures, including improved characterization and prioritization of threats, development and detection […]

China Orders Gemini X-Ray Systems from AS&E

American Science & Engineering [ASEI] received an order for 15 Gemini parcel inspection systems to be used to secure checkpoints at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Gemini uses dual energy transmission for metallic detection and the company’s Z Backscatter technology for enhanced organic detection for detecting weapons, explosives and contraband. The value of the order […]

Earnings Notes And News

American Science & Engineering [ASEI]   2Q08 2Q07 Sales $37.6M $29.6M Net Inc. ($4.5M, $0.48) ($4.8M, $0.49) Despite a 27% jump in sales, profits fell due to lower gross margins on product mix, new product development costs and an 81% increase in research and development spending. Part of the reason for the profit decline stems […]