Archive: Homeland Defense

DHS Seeks Input on Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Procurement Operations is seeking industry input for a follow-on acquisition to provide support to the Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC) Program. The current contract was awarded on July 31, 2007, to Centra Technology, Inc. DHS seeks expertise in five key areas: contract management; security […]

Polimatrix Nabs Win in Illinois Portable Rad Detector Competition

The State of Illinois has selected Polimatrix, Inc., to supply upwards of 20,000 pager style radiation detection and identification devices that will be used by law enforcement officers and first responders across the state. The four-year award is potentially the largest such contract in the U.S. for radiation detection devices at the state and local […]

Northrop Grumman to Compete for Coast Guard NAIS

Northrop Grumman [NOC] will compete to design and install the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), a two-way maritime digital data 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 this month although the timing of this has […]

Army Soliciting for Portable CBRN Detectors for CEDAP

The Army Contracting Agency at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., is soliciting commercially available equipment for the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) in the areas of field portable chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection devices. CEDAP is a competitive program that helps meet the equipment needs and training of smaller jurisdictions and communities. Under […]

Briefing

*Cross Match Technologies, which last month renewed plans for its initial public stock offering (IPO), has postponed that offering again, citing volatile conditions in the nation’s financial markets. “The company believes that current market conditions are not favorable to maximize shareholder value and will continue to monitor the financial markets,” Cross Match says. Earlier this […]

TSA Explains Its Covert Testing Program

By Calvin Biesecker In the wake of recent reports about federal airport security screeners failing to uncover most fake bombs taken through checkpoints by covert Red Teams, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says the main reason these tests are done is to identify vulnerabilities in the security system. "Many people think the purpose of covert […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]