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Skelton To Press Pentagon To Start Roles and Missions Review

By Jen DiMascio After the president signs the defense authorization bill into law, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is prepared to send a letter urging the Defense Secretary to redraw the roles and missions of the Pentagon in a way not done since 1948. Last year, the military was essentially trying […]

BAE Awarded $31 Million For USS

The Navy earlier this month awarded BAE Systems a $31 million contract for the maintenance, repair and modernization of the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), the first to undergo the service’s cruiser modification effort, the company said. "This award complements the important cruiser modernization work we continue to accomplish for the Atlantic Fleet […]

Nelson Ford Nominated As Army Under Secretary

The White House Jan. 22 sent the Senate the nomination of Nelson Ford as under secretary of the Army. If confirmed, Ford would take the position previously held by now-Army Secretary Pete Geren. Ford has been acting under secretary (Defense Daily, Dec. 5). In 2006, Ford was confirmed as Army assistant secretary–financial management and comptroller. […]

Briefing

*DHS Science & Technology plans to award a contract to Syagen Technology to modify a mass spectrometer-based screening portal for explosives detection. The mass spectrometer is near production quality although there are several development efforts tat are still needed to meet government requirements. The development efforts include software modifications, an internal compressor solution and the […]

China Distributor Acquires Rapiscan X-Ray Systems

OSI Systems [OSIS] says its Rapiscan security division has received a $2 million order from its Chinese distributor, Ryan Security Technologies, Ltd., for its Rapiscan 500 series baggage and parcel inspection systems. The systems will be installed in and around Beijing for use during the upcoming Olympic and Para-Olympic Games. OSI says the Rapiscan will […]

Valley Force Composite Readying Demo of Personnel Screener

Valley Forge Composite Technologies, Inc. [VLYF] says the first U.S. model of its ODIN-ULDRIS (Ultra Low Dose Digital Radiographic Imaging System) personnel screening system is being prepared for demonstration. The Kentucky-based firm says the screening system can scan and individual and analyze the image in under three seconds. The system allows screeners to detect contraband, […]

L-1 Receives $17M to Fingerprint California Daycare Workers

L-1 Identity Solutions [ID] received a three-year, $17 million contract from the California Department of Social Services to process and enroll more than 300,000 daycare workers. Under California licensing regulations, daycare workers are required to have a criminal record clearance, which includes fingerprinting. Last month L-1 announced two other contracts worth a potential $31.3 million. […]

Implant, OSI Systems Settle Dispute; Reach New Agreement

Implant Sciences [IMX] and OSI Systems [OSIS] have resolved a legal dispute between the two firms over an agreement in 2005 for development, distribution, and manufacturing. Under the resolution, the companies have rescinded the previous agreement and entered into a new non-exclusive distribution agreement that calls for OSI’s Rapiscan Security Systems division to sell Implant […]

DTRA Seeks Research in Nuclear Detection, Forensics

The Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is soliciting proposals for research in nuclear detection and forensics to keep pace with defense capability requirements. DTRA seeks proposals for advanced detector development and for nuclear forensics research and development with the goal being to develop technologies that provide rapid laboratory-quality chemical, radiological, elemental and isotopic analysis […]

Federal Signal Forms ALPR Industry Consortium

With the growing use of Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) systems at the federal, state and local level being provided by various companies, Federal Signal Corp. [FSS] has established an industry consortium to develop a data exchange protocol to enable interoperability and data sharing among the various ALPR systems on the market. Last fall the […]