Archive: Homeland Defense

Singapore Signed Up Under U.S. Secure Freight Initiative

The United States and Singapore have agreed to cooperate on the Secure Freight Initiative, which is a Department of Homeland Security led effort at select foreign ports to scan U.S.-bound cargo for radiological materials, Customs and Border Protection said this week. The Port of Singapore is part of a second group of international ports under […]

Cross Match Takes Stake In Document Authentication Firm

Cross Match Technologies recently said it has acquired a minority stake in document authentication software developer AssureTec Systems to position itself to be able to offer more complete identity management solutions. Financial terms of the investment weren’t disclosed. Cross Match does get one seat on AssureTec’s four member board of directors. Cross Match’s main sales […]

Boeing Gets New $64 Million SBInet Task Order

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said recently it is awarding Boeing [BA] a $64 million task order to design, develp and test an upgraded situational awareness software system that will be used by Border Patrol command centers and agent vehicles as part of the Secure Border Initiative (SBInet) virtual fence the company is developing […]

CBP Issues Requirements For Container Security Devices

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

Singapore Signed Up Under U.S. Secure Freight Initiative

The United States and Singapore have agreed to cooperate on the Secure Freight Initiative, which is a Department of Homeland Security led effort at select foreign ports to scan U.S.-bound cargo for radiological materials, Customs and Border Protection said this week. The Port of Singapore is part of a second group of international ports under […]

NNSA Reveals Plan To Shrink Weapons Complex

By Jeff Beattie The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) unveiled some details yesterday of a proposal to significantly downsize the nation’s nuclear weapons complex, including closing two unspecified "major testing sites" and scaling back its weapons production workforce by at least 20 percent over the next five years. NNSA, the semi-autonomous Energy Department agency that […]

DHS Announces Grant Guidance To Help States Implement REAL ID

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week issued grant guidance and application kits to help states prepare for the implementation of REAL ID compliant drivers’ licenses beginning May 11. Individual states or states acting in groups will be able to apply for $31.3 million in demonstration grants, which are aimed at checking motor vehicle […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]

CBP Issues Requirements For Container Security Devices

By Calvin Biesecker Customs and Border Protection this week issued a Request for Information (RFI) for existing Conveyance Security Devices (CSDs) mounted inside cargo containers to meet requirements that appear less robust than expected. The requirements, released along with the RFI on Wednesday, seek information on CSDs that can report if, and when, cargo container […]

TSA Plans Operational Test Facility For Passenger And Baggage Screening Equipment

By Calvin Biesecker The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has acquired space in the Washington, D.C., area to house an operational testing facility for checked baggage and checkpoint security systems, giving it the ability to explore how different technologies and systems could work without necessarily doing similar testing at an airport and potentially disrupting operations, according […]