Archive: Homeland Defense

Israel Commits To Civil Airliner Protection Systems

TEL AVIV, Israel–Israel will become the first nation in the world to try to safeguard its commercial airline fleet against missile attacks after the Security Cabinet met here last week to discuss aviation security and decided to invest in Elbit Systems’ [ESLT] MUlti-Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (MUSIC) system beginning in 2008. “The process of reinforcing Israeli […]

OSI Systems Nets $30M in Contracts for Inspection Systems

OSI Systems [OSIS] received contracts worth about $30 million from two U.S. government agencies for its Rapiscan Eagle Mobile, Rapiscan Eagle Gantry and Rapiscan Gamma Radiographic Detection Systems (GaRDS) Gantry systems. “The systems are to be deployed domestically and internationally for the inspection of inbound and outbound shipping containers and trucks,” says Ajay Mehra, president […]

DHS Orders Training and Simulation Systems from Arotech

Arotech Corp.’s [ARTX] Training and Simulation Division has received $3.2 million in orders from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to supply 55 of its MILO Range simulations systems, the largest order for the firearms simulator the company has ever received. “It is a testament to our staff and the quality of our products to […]

SRI International Gets $9.5M DTRA Award for Bio-Warfare Drugs

SRI International received a $9.5 million contract from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to lead a drug discovery and development program to identify approved drugs that could also be effective against biological threats. The goal of the program is to repurpose drugs that are currently approved and marketed but have not been previously evaluated […]

NIAID Awards $56M in Bio-Defense Contracts

The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded contracts worth $56.1 million to four companies for advanced development of anthrax antitoxins, as well as therapeutics and antibiotics for use against plague and tularemia. The largest award, $20.7 million, went to Nanotherapeutics, Inc., to advance the development of a new approach to formulate […]

AS&E Gets Follow-on Order for Gemini, USG Orders Z Portals

American Science & Engineering [ASEI] received a follow-on order from a Middle Eastern customer for Gemini parcel inspection systems worth $3.4 million. The order includes service, parts and warranty. Separately, the company says the U.S. government has purchased its first Z Portal drive-through screening system in support of counter-drug and anti-terrorism efforts. The Z Portal […]

Electronic Consulting Service to Support FAMS Messaging

The Department of Homeland Security awarded a 10-month, $1.5 million task order to Electronic Consulting Services, Inc. (ECS) under the EAGLE program to provide all services, hardware, and software to plan, design, configure and install all hardware and software for implementing a fully operational messaging environment for the Federal Air Marshall Service. ECS says the […]

NEC Introduces Next-Generation AFIS

NEC Corporation of America, the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s NEC Corp. [NIPNY], has introduced Integra-ID, a next-generation Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). NEC says its new fingerprint matching software is based on open standards architecture and doesn’t require proprietary hardware and software. NEC says the new system was designed with feed back from law enforcement […]

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 […]