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Contract Awards

Morpho Detection Says Reduced Size EDS Deliveries to Begin in 2014 Morpho Detection Inc. (MDI) says that it will begin deliveries in early 2014 of its CTX 5800 reduced-size Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) under a new contract with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The initial delivery will consist of two units. TSA awarded the potential […]

Tech Developments

Saudi Arabia Updates Visa Issuance Management with Aware Software Aware [AWRE] says that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has begun deploying the company’s commercial-off-the-shelf biometrics software products as part of an update to their visa issuance management process. The updated system is using Aware’s Biometric Services Platform, the Universal […]

OSI Systems Says X-Ray Generator Made in China at Root of TSA Contract Termination

OSI Systems [OSIS] says that it believes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently terminated its contract for airport checkpoint X-Ray systems due to the use of an X-Ray generator that had not been pre-approved by the agency. The company says said that its proposal for the $67 million Advanced Technology-2 (AT-2) X-Ray system contract that […]

Airports Council International, IATA Team to Collaborate on Smart Security

Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Airport Transport Association (IATA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pool resources for the development of the Checkpoint of the Future, which has been renamed Smart Security (SmartS). The name change to SmartS reflects the start of a new phase of pilot testing of first generation checkpoints, […]

Briefing

Implant Sciences [IMSC] says it has received an order for its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector from Global CFS, Inc., a full service trucking company providing air and ocean freight delivery service of import and export cargo arriving at the Port of Chicago by air or railroad. Global CFS is a Transportation Security Administration Certified […]

The Air Force test launches a Minuteman III ICBM in September 2010. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Plans Minuteman III Test Launch Tuesday Morning

The Air Force said it will conduct a Minuteman III ICBM test launch Tuesday between 4:39 and 10:39 a.m. EST. The unarmed missile is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and travel approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshal Islands, according to an Air Force statement. The service originally scrubbed an […]

Air Force B-2 (left), F-22.
Photo: U.S. Air Force

DEFENSE WATCH

Air Force Secretary Confirmed. Deborah Lee James was confirmed as the next secretary of the Air Force in a 79-6 Senate vote Friday morning, after her nomination was one of about a dozen caught in a battle in the Senate. Democrats changed the rules before Thanksgiving in a controversial move that had been threatened many […]

SAIC

Sales, Earnings Tumble In Third Quarter As SAIC Begins New Era

Science Applications International Corp. [SAIC] on Thursday said its net income and sales fell during its fiscal year 2014 third quarter due to the less work on several contracts and costs associated with its split from the old SAIC. Net income was down 51 percent to $22 million, 44 cents earnings per share (EPS), from […]

Congress Pushing For Multi-Year Commercial Satellite Acquisition Strategy

The fiscal year 2014 defense authorization bill awaiting final passage in Congress would require the Defense Department to develop a strategy for multi-year procurement of commercial satellite communications (COMSATCOM) services to lower the cost of bandwidth, according to a statement from House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Republicans.  Due to the growth in intelligence, surveillance and […]

Patriot Missiles Successfully Demonstrate Field Readiness, New Software

Raytheon [RTN’s] Patriot Air and Missile Defense System test fired nine Patriot missiles at McGregor Range, N.M., during its annual Field Surveillance Program (FSP), successfully engaging inbound and outbound unmanned air breathing targets. This was the first FSP conducted with the PAC-2 missiles, using the recently launched Post Deployment Build-7 (PDB-7) software and the modernized radar […]