Archive: Homeland Defense

Port Officials Warn That TWIC Demand Exceeds Expectations

By Calvin Biesecker Officials from seaports in the United States told Congress this week that demand for mandatory new federal worker identification credentials significantly outstrips the U.S. government’s expectations, potentially disrupting port operations during the enrollment process. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) estimates that about 30,000 workers at the Port of Houston, Texas, will need […]

Northrop Grumman Announces Team For Coast Guard NAIS

Northrop Grumman [NOC] recently said it will be competing to design and install the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), a two-way maritime digital 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 next month although this date […]

Wackenhut Revamping Nuke Plant Security Operations

By George Lobsenz Wackenhut Corp., saying the company has failed to keep up with major new security demands in the nuclear industry, last week announced "a new strategic direction" under which it will seek to work more closely with nuclear plant operators to provide more effective protection for commercial reactors. At the same time, the […]

Port Officials Warn That TWIC Demand Exceeds Expectations

By Calvin Biesecker Officials from seaports in the United States told Congress this week that demand for mandatory new federal worker identification credentials significantly outstrips the U.S. government’s expectations, potentially disrupting port operations during the enrollment process. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) estimates that about 30,000 workers at the Port of Houston, Texas, will need […]

TSA Deploys COBRA at BWI

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week began piloting Analogic’s [ALOG] COBRA automated-explosive detection system (EDS) at a checkpoint serving Southwest Airlines at Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport. In August TSA began piloting a COBRA system at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport. Unlike with the X-Ray Advanced Technology machines that TSA is buying for widespread deployment […]

QinetiQ Teams with VeriTainer on Crane-Mounted Rad Detector

QinetiQ North America (QNA) has partnered with VeriTainer Corp., a small research and development firm that has developed and tested a radiation detection system that can be integrated on dockside cranes that load and unload shipping containers, to offer the radiation detection system to customers in the U.S. and elsewhere. QNA is the U.S.-based division […]

SRA Nabs $24.7M DHS Support Contract

SRA International [SRX] won a potential five-year, $24.7 million task order from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide program support, metrics development, risk management and technical writing to the Sector Specific Agency Executive Management Office. The office develops, coordinates and implements critical infrastructure protection programs to help achieve the federal government’s vision for […]

DIA Issues RFI for Portable Genetic Sequencer

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to identify qualified sources to perform a feasibility study and then develop a compact, lightweight, portable, rugged genetic sequencer capable of performing genetic sequencing with commercially available molecular biology reagents and consumables. DIA says the system protocol must have minimal processing time and effort […]

URS Gets Potential $50M A&E Contract with Coast Guard

URS Corp. [URS] has received a potential 10-year, $50 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract from the Coast Guard to provide architectural and engineering (A&E) services for various infrastructure and facilities projects across the country. The range of services URS will provide include architectural, mechanical, structural, civil and geotechnical engineering, environmental assessments, surveying and project […]

Briefing

*FirstLine Transportation Security won a potential $1.3 million contract, including options, to provide private screening services for the Gallup Municipal Airport and the Roswell Industrial Air Center in New Mexico under Transportation Security Administration’s Screening Partnership Program. FirstLine, which also provides security officers at the Kansas City International Airport in Missouri, will provide screening services […]