Archive: Homeland Defense

Verified Identity Pass Selected As RT Services Provider For Dulles, Reagan Airports

By Calvin Biesecker The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority yesterday selected Verified Identity Pass to be the Registered Traveler (RT) Service Provider for both Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports, further boosting the company’s dominant position in the fledgling domestic market for airport trusted traveler programs. On Tuesday, Verified Identity’s Clear RT brand was […]

NNSA ‘Transformation’ Plan Makes Few Changes In Weapons Complex

By George Lobsenz The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Friday released a draft plan for "transformation" of its nuclear weapons complex that calls for phasing out some plutonium operations at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory by 2012, but otherwise appears to largely maintain current missions at its existing sites. While the semi-autonomous Energy Department agency said […]

GD Beats L-1 To Produce State Department’s New Passport Card

By Calvin Biesecker The State Department yesterday awarded General Dynamics [GD] a potential $72.7 million contract to produce its new border travel document, the PASS Card, beating L-1 Identity Solutions [ID]. The win for GD continues a spate of recent homeland security-related awards for the company’s Information Technology business unit, which last week garnered a […]

DHS Cuts Costs To States In Final Rule For Secure Drivers’ Licenses

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday issued its final regulations for establishing minimum security standards states must comply with for their drivers’ licenses and identification cards, and said the new rule will reduce implementation costs by nearly 75 percent from earlier estimates. With the final regulations posted, states can get […]

TSA’s Golden Explains Plans For New Integration Facility

By Calvin Biesecker An operational test facility that will open this year will give the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) the ability to test new, emerging and upgraded technologies, examine how to fuse different sensor systems at checkpoints, and improve the efficiency of its screener workforce, Mike Golden, assistant administrator for operational process and technology, told […]

JCREW 3.3 Industry Day Planned

The Defense Department will host an industry day on Feb. 20 for the Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.3 program at the Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland. The briefings will consist of a more in depth discussion of the problem statement for the JCREW 3.3 effort. One […]

DHS Awards BAE $29M to Test JETEYE on Commercial Flights

Britain’s BAE Systems won a $29M contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to install its JETEYE Counter-Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) aboard three 767-200 passenger aircraft operated by American Airlines [AMR] beginning this spring to test the suitability of the system for routine daily flight operations. The JETEYE systems will log 7,000 flight […]

Brijot Nabs U.K. Contract to Supply BIS-WDS GEN 2 at Ports

Brijot Imaging Systems has received a contract from a British government agency for the supply, installation and maintenance of the company’s passive millimeter wave imaging technology for use at seaports and airports, marking the first significant international government win for Brijot. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. Brijot will provide more than two […]

DoD Issues RFI for Critical Reagents Program

The Defense Department has issued a Request for Information (RFI) under its Critical Reagents Program (CRP), which is aimed at serving as the principle resource of high quality, validated, and standardized biological detection assays and reagents that meet the requirements of the warfighter and joint biological defense community by facilitating the transition of new technologies […]

CBP’s Requirements for CSDs Less Robust than Expected

Customs and Border Protection last month issued a Request for Information (RFI) for existing Conveyance Security Devices (CSDs) mounted inside cargo containers to meet requirements that appear softer than expected. The requirements, released along with the RFI, seek information on CSDs that can report if, and when, cargo container doors are opened or closed, and […]