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Pekoske Sees CT Systems Eventually Rolling Out to All Airports

Airports in the U.S. big and small can eventually expect to have next-generation scanning systems deployed at security checkpoints to screen travelers’ carry-on bags, says David Pekoske, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The computed tomography (CT)-based scanners have been used in U.S. airports since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to automatically […]

CBP Wants Greater Sensor Integration on Borders; Seeks More Commonality

Customs and Border Protection officials that oversee border security technology programs are considering new approaches to their overall efforts with desired outcomes including more integrated command and control centers, more commonality between systems, more capability, and lower life-cycle costs. The CBP Border Patrol Program Management Office Directorate has 17 different programs, many of them similar […]

Biometrics Demonstrating Advantage in Operational Evaluation, Pekoske Says

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske says that an operational evaluation of facial recognition technology being done by the agency is demonstrating that biometrics are better than a visual check of a person against their travel documents. “And the effectiveness in our own testing for biometrics is higher than if you were just doing a […]


The law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP says it recently helped an energy company obtain the first public SAFETY Act certification for an enterprise-wide cyber security program. SAFETY Act certification provides limited liability protections for anti-terrorism technologies, services and capabilities. Customs and Border Protection has identified a third impostor at the Port of San Luis, […]

Defense Watch: KC-46 Evaluation, GDIT Protest, M&A Activity, Drone Restrictions

KC-46 Goes International. The KC-46 flight test program is conducting a test called Integrated System Evaluation (ISE) to evaluate worldwide operations and military utility of the aerial refueling aircraft. On Oct. 23, news outlet The War Zone reported a KC-46 flew from Eglin AFB, Florida, to Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and finally to Yokota Air Base, […]

Apache Crews Request Improvements For Apache MUM-T, Gun

MESA, Ariz.–An easier to use L3 [LLL] manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) data link, a more accurate Northrop Grumman [NOC] 30mm gun, and a decrease in the number of on-board “black boxes” are among the items that Army crews have requested for the Boeing [BA] AH-64E attack helicopters, according to Shane Openshaw, Boeing’s director of Apache programs. The […]

Bell showcases AH-1Z and UH-1Y at Marrakech Air Show

The Moroccan military has recapitalized its Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-16 fighters, its General Dynamics [GD] M-1 tanks, and, in the third stage, may soon recapitalize its fleet of Airbus Gazelle utility and attack helicopters. Last year, Airbus Helicopters observed the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight. At the Marrakech Air Show this week–Bell’s [TXT] […]

The Embraer KC-390 transport airplane. Photo: Embraer.

Embraer’s KC-390 Cargo Tanker Receives Brazilian Type Certification

Embraer’s KC-390 multi-mission military cargo plane has received type certification from Brazil’s civil aviation authority, the ANAC, clearing a path to full operational capability next year. Aimed at competing with Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] long-dominant C-130 Hercules transport plane, the KC-390 completed the first flight of a production model earlier this month, priming it for certification. […]

Sustaining AH-64 Apache Fleet To 2050-60 Looming Issue For Army

MESA, Ariz.–While the U.S. Army plans to have the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter in its formations until 2050-60, Boeing [BA] officials believe that the Army will require a follow-on to the AH-64E to bridge the gap with the service’s Future Vertical Lift program. “Even using the most aggressive plan they have to replace that fleet […]

Ex-Gov’t Officials See Two Options for New Nuclear Armed INF-Range Missile

Former government officials suggested Tuesday the Trump administration could reach for either the retired W84 warhead or the workhorse W80 warhead if it wants a nuclear-tipped option in the post-intermediate-range-nuclear-forces treaty era. Trump announced Saturday the U.S. would cease complying with the 1987 intermediate range nuclear forces (INF) treaty, which forbids the U.S. and Russia […]