Archive: Homeland Defense

Cubic Establishes Maritime Security Program

Cubic Corp. [CUB] has launched a new business initiative focused on port and maritime security and hopes to assist federal regulators and the domestic and international port and shipping communities in achieving compliance with new seaport security laws. In addition, the company hopes to take advantage of its systems integration capabilities, technology and product base […]

DTRA Seeks Sources for Ordnance/Mine Detection Technology

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) seeks white papers regarding the integration of selectable passive and non-passive ordnance detection technology into an Ordnance Detector/Mine Probe instrument that is currently made or that can be easily constructed. Technologies must already be proven and include electro-magnetic induction, magnetometers, gradiometers, ground penetrating radar, non-linear junction detectors and more. […]

TSWG Awards Reveal $2.6M for EDS Image Quality Improvements

The Explosives Detection subgroup of the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) awarded Reveal Imaging Technologies a one-year, $2.6 million contract to investigate the trade- offs between image quality of Computed Tomography X-Ray Explosive Detection Systems, false alarm rates and throughput. Evaluation methods include X-Ray scanning techniques and image resolution that is not currently available in […]

FEMA Surveys Possible UAVs for First Responders

The Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center is seeking information on commercial off-the-shelf man-portable Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that meet the needs of emergency responders in the field. Some of the basic requirements for the systems include that they be small enough to be loaded into the trunk of a vehicle, hand-launched, and be […]

Cubic Corp. Establishes Maritime Security Service Program

Cubic Corp. [CUB] said yesterday it has established a new business initiative to assist federal regulators and the international port and shipping community in achieving compliance with new seaport security laws. "Hundreds of ports around the globe are trying to meet the new United States standards by 2012, along with the International Ship and Port […]

TSA Agrees With GAO’s Suggestions For Improving Airport Security

Transportation Security Administrator Kip Hawley last week told a House panel that his agency concurs with new suggestions put forth by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to tighten airport security following GAO testimony that its investigators successfully smuggled various bomb making components and liquids through checkpoints at 19 airports earlier this year. GAO officials told […]

DHS Touts Success of Coast Guard’s At-Sea Biometrics Pilot

A limited trial by the Coast Guard of fingerprint capture and identification technology has helped reduce the flow of illegal immigration by nearly 50 percent in the Mona Passage, which separates Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic. The pilot project was begun a year ago aboard Coast Guard cutters operating in the Mona Passage, a […]

DHS Postpones Certification of Next Generation Radiation Portal Monitors

By Calvin Biesecker Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has postponed a decision on certifying the cost benefits of new radiation detection portal monitors based on the concerns of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency that would be the primary user of the Advanced Spectroscopic Portals (ASP). CBP doesn’t have any concerns with the next-generation […]

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 […]