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Pekoske Expects CT Award Shortly

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske says the agency this month or early in 2019 will award a contract for its first large buy of computed tomography (CT)-based baggage scanners for use at airport checkpoints. Industry officials are expecting for an award of 169 CT machines, with TSA selecting anywhere from one to four of […]

Briefing

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has awarded two contracts worth a combined $1.1 million to enhance drone detection and data privacy. Under a $750,000 contract, the Regents of the Univ. of Colorado will develop the DronePD drone intrusion detection and tracking system, which the directorate says is more-cost effective and relies […]

Defense Watch: Budget Concerns; Open Skies and Waters; TSA Award

GOP Push Back. GOP lawmakers are making a concerted push to convince President Donald Trump not to impose cuts on the FY ’20 defense budget, as he has been reported to be demanding. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said “there is no strategic rationale for any cut” to the defense budget on Dec. 6 at the […]

Defense Watch: DDG-56 Update; Secret Service Biometrics; 2019 Cyber Threats

DDG-56 Leaves Dry Dock. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) left its dry dock in Yokosuka, Japan following nine months of repairs after it collided with a merchant vessel in August 2017. DDG-56 has since been under repairs at Yokosuka and entered the dry dock in February. The Navy said DDG-56 […]

Business Opportunities

CBP Seeks Life-Cycle Support for In-Fill Radar and Tower Customs and Border Protection has issued a Request for Information for a life-cycle support plan for a radar and tower system installed by EFW, Inc., in 2018. EFW is part of the U.S. business of Israel’s Elbit Systems [ESLT]. EFW installed a C-Speed Light Wave Radar […]

Contract Awards

Israeli Airport Authority Selects Smiths Detection for Advanced Checkpoint Lanes Smiths Detection and its local distributor, Eastronics, have been selected by the Israel Airport Authority (IAA) to supply 32 checkpoint iLane.evo lanes that feature automatic bin returns and a divert system for suspect bags that need additional screening. Smiths Detection’s advanced technology HI-SCAN 6040-2is dual-view […]

Tech Developments

Face Recognition Algorithms Showing Significant Improvement, NIST Says Face recognition algorithms used in testing in large population sets have demonstrated “massive gains in accuracy” over the past five years, according to a new report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The November 2018 report, Ongoing Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Part 2: Identification, […]

DoE Agency Deploys Counter Drone System to Los Alamos National Lab

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has deployed a commercial counter drone system to one of the nation’s national laboratories for the protection of a nuclear facility, one of the few U.S. deployments of the technology. The NNSA, a semi-autonomous agency of the Department of Energy charged with the safety, security and effectiveness of the […]

DHS Plans Testing Program in 2019 for Counter UAS Systems

With new legislation opening the door for testing, evaluating and eventually deploying systems to mitigate threats from unmanned aircraft systems that can be purchased commercially, the Department of Homeland Security plans to begin evaluating related technologies and systems in 2019. Sandia National Laboratories, on behalf of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, this month issued […]

Briefing

Evolv Technology says its Evolv Edge walk-by people screener has been deployed by a major U.S. international airport to improve employee screening, showing a dramatic improvement over walk-through metal detectors and X-Ray parcel scanners. The company says the airport’s security team believes it has a “strengthened security posture with added multi-threat detection” and employees find […]