Gryphon Scientific, LLC has received a potential $2.9 million increase in ceiling value to an existing contract from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to enhance and optimize the Integrated Terrorism Risk Assessment Tool so that it can take a “what if” scenario and produce a various ways to prevent, respond to, and recover from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents. The new ceiling value of the contract is $6.7 million. The award was made by S&T’s Threat Characterization and Attribution branch.

Customs and Border Protection says it plans to acquire up to 20 SeaVue maritime surveillance radars from Raytheon. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract will have an 18-month base period and four 18-month options. The SeaVue is an inverse synthetic aperture radar designed to detect small maritime targets in high seas.

The Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground plans to award a contract to Alakai Defense Systems to design, develop and support system modifications to increase operational capabilities of the Check Point Explosives Detection System-II for increased range and sensitivity, shoot-on-the-move and shoot moving target ability and increase in identification library. In 2011 the Army awarded Alakai the initial CPEDS contract, worth $609,055 at the time for laboratory and field testing of the company’s dual-band ultraviolet Raman spectra for standoff explosive detection.

Customs and Border Protection says it is still evaluating proposals for the Mobile Video Surveillance System (MVSS) and expects to make an award during the fourth quarter of FY ’14. An award had been expected the first week of July. The MVSS systems will provide a day/night surveillance capability that can be deployed on Border Patrol 4 x 4 vehicles and will provide surveillance when intelligence indicators signal that items of interest are in or approaching an area.

Raytheon [RTN] on May 12 filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office regarding Customs and Border Protection’s $140 million award in February to Israel’s Elbit Systems for the Integrated Fixed Tower system. Protests are allowed either 10 days after contract award or 10 days after a contract award debriefing, which apparently in this case came well after the award to Elbit. The GAO says it will decide on Raytheon’s protest by Aug. 20.