Archive: Homeland Defense

FEMA Surveys for Guidance on Seismic and Multi-Hazard Loads

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is conducting a survey for contractor support in the investigation of the effects of seismic and related multi-hazard loads on structures, non-structural components, and other issues such as land movement and tsunami as they are identified by FEMA. A contractor would also develop technical design and construction guidance product […]

Retica Introduces Dual Iris Capture Device

Retica, a small Massachusetts-based firm, last month introduced a new handheld device that simultaneously captures images of both irises on an individual in about one second. The company showed off Mobile Eyes at the recent Biometric Consortium Conference. Retica began shipping Mobile Eyes to U.S. military customers beginning in August, Barry Morse, the company’s CEO, […]

Kroll Wins Potential $30M Award from ICE

The risk consulting firm Kroll received a potential $30 million contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to conduct security clearance background checks on current and prospective employees and contractors. The base period of the award is worth $6 million and runs through Aug. 31, 2008. The contract also contains four one-year options. Kroll has […]

DARPA Seeks Proposals for Hyperadsorptive Sampling Technology

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement under the Hyperadsorptive Atmospheric Sampling Technology (HAST) program that seeks to develop systems that permit exhaustive, accurate, and economical collection of atmospheric trace constituents to support chemical mapping of urban and military environments. In a second phase of the program a complete […]

IBM Nabs Potential $1B TSA IT Award

IBM [IBM] won a $98.5 million contract from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under a potential five-year, $1 billion award to improve information sharing within the agency. The contract was awarded to meet the Operational Applications Support and Information Services requirement under the Department of Homeland Security’s EAGLE program, which is a DHS-wide acquisition program […]

ICx Unveils SafeAir Biodetection System

LAS VEGAS–ICx Technologies last month unveiled a new biodetection system it is developing that combines several existing systems into a more capable product for monitoring and protecting buildings and facilities from biological threats. Called SafeAir, the new system integrates ICx’ Air Sentinel indoor air monitor, Cepheid’s [CPHD] GeneXpert, and ICx’ air sampler called BioXC, to […]

DHS S&T Revises BAA for Home Made Explosives Detector

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has revised a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) issued last September for Home Made Explosives (HME) Detection System Capability Development. S&T is using a two phased approach to development, with white papers for both phases due Oct. 12 and full proposals due by Dec. 10. […]

TSA Seeks Help Finding Gaps in Public’s Anti-Terror Awareness

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a Request for Information seeking comment and potential bidders related to a comprehensive examination of anti- terrorism awareness campaigns currently in place for the passenger rail and intra-city bus industries to understand where there are gaps. TSA wants to identify ways to mitigate these gaps to improve passenger […]

AC Airport Using Under Vehicle Cameras

Atlantic City International Airport has deployed Under Vehicle Inspection Systems supplied by Law Enforcement Associates [AID] to screen the undercarriage of cars, trucks and buses for explosives or contraband as they enter airport property. The purchase and deployment of the UVIS systems was funded by a $22,500 grant from the New Jersey Office of Homeland […]


*Emergent BioSolutions [EBS] received a $400 million contract from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide 18.75 million doses of the anthrax vaccine BioThrax through Sept. 2010 for the strategic national stockpile. Contract terms also include an additional $34 million if the Food and Drug Administration approves the company’s pending supplement to […]