TSA Awards Stratovan to Continue Developing Open Platform for Threat Recognition

The Transportation Security Administration has awarded Stratovan Corp.

a potential two-year contract to continue developing a vendor neutral automated threat recognition (ATR) algorithm, including completing a viable software development kit (SDK), enable future full and open competitive ATR development under a third party interagency agreement between the agency and Sandia National Labs, demonstrate middleware adoptability with two existing checkpoint computed tomography vendor algorithms, and generate respective open platform software library (OPSL) 2.X versions such that the respective OPSL SDK version can be released. The value of the award was redacted. TSA says the target end state for OPSL, which has been designed and developed by Stratovan, is when the software is developed, tested, and deployed to the field as part of a future CPSS (checkpoint property screening system) across each qualified vendor to enable interoperability between the scanned systems and OEM or 3rd party algorithms and GUIs (graphical user interfaces).

DHS Awards CACI $87M for Data Support

CACI International [CACI] says it has received a potential $86.5 million five-year task order from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation division to analyze proprietary, commercially available, open source data to help thwart criminal, fraud, risk and terrorism activity by more precisely targeting certain investigations and transform data into actionable insights. “CACI’s extensive experience in analyzing data to detect patters and trends helps support our customer in identifying terrorist threats before they result in an attack against the United States or its people,” says John Mengucci, president and CEO of CACI.

L3Harris To Provide Integrated Communications for Initial Offshore Patrol Cutters

L3Harris Technologies [LHX] has been awarded a contract by Eastern Shipbuilding Group to provide the integrated communications systems for the Coast Guard’s first four medium-endurance Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs). Terms of the award were not disclosed. L3Harris currently supplies the C4ISR suite for the Coast Guard’s shorter-range Fast Response Cutters and the integrated communications for the high-endurance National Security Cutters. The award for the OPC includes the design, development and production of the first two ship systems with options for up to two more. Eastern Shipbuilding is building the first four OPCs for the Coast Guard, which has reopened the competition to build additional vessels. The service ultimately plans to acquire 25 OPCs, one of its highest acquisition priorities. The integrated communications system will allow the OPCs to work with DoD and other agency partners and interoperate with other Coast Guard cutters.

DHS CWMD Awards Symetrica $7M for RadSeeker Support

The Department of Homeland Security Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office is awarding Symetrica a $7 million contract to meet a service life extension requirement to upgrade and support DHS-owned RadSeeker DL handheld radio-isotope identification devices (RIIDs). Symetrica is the original equipment manufacturer of the RadSeeker DL and owner of the proprietary algorithms. The upgrades will include replacement of stabilization sources, software and firmware.

Army Awards FLIR $26M for NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle Program

The Army has awarded FLIR Systems [FLIR] an additional $26 million for continued work modernizing the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV) system with improved and autonomous CBRN sensors. FLIR, the lead integrator for the NBCRV modernization effort, says the new contract allows it to continue developing the sensor suite and to pair the vehicle with a ground robotic vehicle to expand the system’s use with manned-unmanned teams. The company in 2019 won a $48 million contract for the program through the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense. The sensor suite will feature capabilities of the FLIR R80D SkyRaider drone integrated with a specialize version of the company’s IBAC bio-detection sensor. A FLIR-developed command and control system will integrate all devices and platforms with sensor fusion and automation features to lessen the cognitive burden on users and improve decision-making. Initial prototypes of the upgraded NBCRV were delivered earlier this year for an assessment by soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas, in battlefield scenarios to sense and rapidly avoid CBRN hazards.