Archive: Homeland Defense

TSA Awards Checkpoint Security Contracts; Makes More Moves

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) awarded $52.3 million in recent contracts for various new security equipment, most of which is headed to airport security checkpoints, including awards to OSI Systems [OSIS] and Smiths Detection for their Advanced Technology (AT) X-Ray machines that screen carry-on bags for explosives and weapons. TSA also has begun a pilot-test […]

DHS Issues RFI on Protected Critical Infrastructure Information Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) related to a follow-on acquisition to provide program management services, training, and communication and outreach support to the Protected Critical Infrastructure Information Program. The current contract was awarded in February 2006 to Booz Allen Hamilton. Results from the RFI will be used […]

Smiths Detection Launches iLane

Smiths Detection has introduced a new capability for checkpoint security called iLane, which involves diverting suspicious carry-on bags away from a passenger for secondary screening based on a primary examination of the parcels by a security officer at an X-Ray machine. Smiths says that iLane would increase efficiency at airport security checkpoints because for one […]

Joint NBC Reconnaissance System Industry Day

The Joint Program Manager for Nuclear Biological and Chemical Contamination Avoidance will hose an Industry Day briefing for the Joint NBC Reconnaissance System Increment 2 project on Nov. 7 at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. JNBCRS2 is an integration of existing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection, protection and sampling equipment […]

FLO Acquires rtGO Solution from Unisys

FLO Corp., a former subsidiary of Saflink set up to be a service provider under the Registered Traveler (RT) program, is acquiring the rtGO Registered Traveler business of Unisys [UIS]. Unisys operates its rtGO service at a single airport, Reno/Tahoe International in Nevada while FLO has been selected by Huntsville International Airport in Alabama to […]

L-3 Introduces Desktop ETD Machine

L-3 Communications [LLL] last month introduced a new desktop Explosives Trace Detection (ETD) called OptEX that is based on energetic material detection and is currently going through a round of government testing for possible use at airports. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing OptEX, as well as other new ETD machines, for an updated […]

ICF Wins DHS Contract to Implement Chemical Facility Standards

ICF International [ICFI] received a potential $15 million contract over five years to help the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implement new Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. The initial award is worth $2.8 million for the base year. ICF will provide support in the areas of program management, communications management, acquisition management, administration, business and enterprise […]


*General Dynamics [GD] won a potential $65 million contract over five years to develop an automated recruiting and hiring system for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for the e-recruitment system is part of an overall effort to consolidate and modernize the Human Resource systems of DHS. The […]

TSA Issues RFI for Exit Lane Security Systems

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking industry input related to technologies and operational capabilities to automate the process of detecting, locating and preventing people and objects from massing through exit lanes from the public side into the secure or sterile areas of transportation entities in order to circumvent […]

GE, NRL, SAIC Developing Stand-Off Rad Detectors for DNDO

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has awarded General Electric’s [GE] Global Research Center, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and Science Applications International Corp. [SAI] a combined potential $33 million to develop Stand-Off Radiation Detection Systems (SORDS) that can automatically determine the type and location of radiation sources at distances much greater than current technology. […]