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Contract Awards

CACI Nabs $194M TSA Task Order for Enterprise IT CACI International [CACI] won a $194 million task order from the Transportation Security Administration to provide end-to-end enterprise information technology (IT) infrastructure, integration, and support to the agency. The three-year single-award was made under the EAGLE II contract and is new work for CACI’s Enterprise IT […]

Incoming HAC-HS Chair Roybal-Allard Supports New Icebreaker, S&T Over Border Wall

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), who is likely to become chairwoman of the House panel that oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security, has said she opposes hefty increases in spending on physical barriers along the southern border in favor of a number of other priorities, including a new heavy polar icebreaker for the Coast […]

World Tourism Council, CBP, Other Stakeholders Partner on Biometric Tech Pilots

The World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other stakeholders are partnering in a new series of biometric-enabled technology demonstrations aimed at making international travel more seamless and secure. The WTTC said in late October that a pilot evaluation slated to begin in the first half of 2019 will feature […]

Briefing

The Department of Homeland Security Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office has awarded a non-competitive sole-source contract to Hassett & Willis Associates to provide systems engineering and technical assistance services to maintain support for early detection and response to a biological terrorism event for the BioWatch program. The award is a bridge contract for up […]

Army Contracts Rockwell Collins to Upgrade Chinook Avionics on Five-Year Deal

The Army has contracted Rockwell Collins [COL] to upgrade the common avionics architecture system (CAAS) on its CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet. Boeing [BA] is the prime contractor for the CH-47. Under a five-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity deal with the Army Aviation and Missile Command Logistics Center, Rockwell Collins will be responsible for upgrades and repair of the […]

German Lawmakers Questioning Readiness of Military Equipment

The German federal parliament is questioning the combat readiness of military equipment, including A400 military transport aircraft, Tiger attack helicopters and NH90 multi-role helicopters delivered to Germany’s armed forces, or Bundeswehr. A Report on the Operational Readiness of the Bundeswehr Primary Weapons Systems by Hans-Peter Bartels, the Bundestag’ s military commissioner, earlier this year found […]

Bristow Group to Add Defense Work To Profile With Planned Buy of Columbia Helicopters

Bristow Group on Nov. 9 said it has signed a $560 million acquisition of Oregon-based, privately held Columbia Helicopters–a planned buy that will significantly increase Bristow Group’s defense operations. On the defense side, Columbia is a a Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB)-certified operator, a designation that allows the company to provide outsourced military transport. Columbia has […]

Defense Watch: SASC Hearing, New Hacker Group, Cyber Acquisition

New Hacker Group. Symantec has discovered a new cyber attack group, called Gallmaker, that is targeting government and military organizations, specifically embassies located in an Eastern European country and defense targets in the Middle East. The company discovered the new group using its artificial intelligence-based Targeted Attacks Analytics tool. Symantec said the group has been […]

Rotor Focus May Shift in House, as Granger To Cede Chairmanship of HAC-D

While nearly all of the U.S. senators and representatives on the respective defense appropriations committees retained their seats at the polls on Nov. 6, the Democratic control of the House to begin in January will mean that there will be new leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and its defense panel. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) […]

Sikorsky's Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) in flight. (Sikorsky photo)

Black Hawk to Trial DARPA/Sikorsky Robotic Co-Pilot

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has developed a drop-in kit to enable the automation or remote-control of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. Called Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS), the U.S. Army used it to fly a Sikorsky [LMT] S-76B helicopter in a demonstration earlier this month. Next up? A Black Hawk. “ALIAS’ ultimate […]