DHS Awards $116M to Paragon Systems for Security Guards

Paragon Systems, Inc., has received a $115.9 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service, to provide armed protective security officers at federal facilities throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Paragon will provide and maintain all management, supervision, manpower, training, equipment, supplies, licenses, permits, certificates, insurance, pre-employment screenings, reports, and files necessary to provide security guard services at the planned locations. The contract has a one-year base period and four one-year options.

Army Awards Battelle $22M for Information Assurance Research

Battelle has won a potential $22.4 million contract to conduct in-depth information assurance research supporting the Army’s Identity Management and Cryptographic initiatives. The contract has a 10-month base period with two one-year options. The task order is issued under the Software, Networks, Information and Modeling & Simulation contract and will be performed for the Army Chief Information Officer/G6 Identity Management Division to advance the development and execution for the Army’s Public Key Infrastructure cyber strategic planning, identity and access management, communications security, network operations planning and cyber information sharing. Battelle is teamed with TASC and Maden Technologies for the work.

BAH, Northrop Grumman, SAIC, TASC Selected to Support DIA

The Virginia Contracting Activity, in support of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), has selected Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH], Northrop Grumman [NOC], Science Applications International Corp. [SAI] and TASC, Inc., to compete for task orders under the Solutions for Intelligence Rapid Technical Collection Support (RTCS) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. The RTCS contract is to provide the DIA with rapid and traditional contractual support to urgent, sensitive operations for technical collection of intelligence across the irregular warfare mission area encompassing any combination of phenomenology and techniques for material sampling, radio frequency, radar, electro-optical, geophysical, nuclear radiation, biometrics, and cross-cutting technology areas.

SANS Institute Receives $20M FBI Award to Develop Cyber Training Program

The FBI has awarded the research and education organization the SANS Institute a potential $20 million contract to provide a 38 course Cyber Career Path Program for the agency which has a need for cyber investigators with accredited training to support the growing need to combat cyber based threats. The award was made on a sole-source basis.

The course listings include a menu of the basics, such as Intro to Information Security, Security Essentials Bootcamp Style, as well as Hacker Detection for Systems Administrations with Continuing Education Program, and of course Securing Windows, Securing Linux/Unix, and IPv6 Essentials. There is also Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, and for the curious and/or mixed martial artists by night, Metasploit Kung Fu for Enterprise Pen Testing.

Smiths Detection Nabs $26M Italian Order for Cargo Scanners

Smiths Detection has received a $25.8 million order from Italy’s Customs Agency to supply high-energy X-Ray cargo scanners for deployment at six major ports, including Naples, Genoa and Bari. The company will supply its High Energy X-Ray Gantry Screening systems, which inspect up to 20 containers, trucks or vans an hour and penetrate steel 330mm thick. A single scan produces a detailed X-Ray image featuring organic and inorganic material discrimination using viZual imaging software. “We have worked closely with Italian customs for many years, not only supplying detection systems but also providing the highest standard of after-market service,” says Ian May, senior vice president of Sales for Smiths Detection. “This latest contract underlines the continuing success of our customer-driven approach”

Northrop Grumman to Supply U.K. Airport with Passenger Flow Software

Britain’s East Midlands Airport has awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a contract to a software tool that forecasts departing passenger numbers, flow rates and waiting times so that the airport can better manage staffing needs. The value of the award was not disclosed. Northrop Grumman’s Europe-based airport systems group will supply the Passenger Flow software module of its Airport Realtime Collaboration suite. The system also provides real-time measurements of passenger flows, with alerts if the live measurements suggest a significant deviation from the forecast. The airport essentially wants to understand the complete passenger journey through the airport, from curb to gate, but is particularly interested in any potential bottlenecks where lines can form. Of particular interest is inflow and expected waiting times at the security checkpoint. Northrop Grumman’s partner on the contract is the U.K. technology company VenueSim. “We’re delighted to be working with Northrop Grumman to assist us in forecasting our passenger flow more accurately and plan accordingly over a longer period of time,” says Nicola McCabe, head of customer services at East Midlands. “Getting the customer journey right is key to us, and we are hoping to use this system elsewhere in the terminal to enable us to process passengers as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Army Garrison Deploys AtHoc Emergency Mass Notification System

The U.S. Army Garrison Ft. McCoy (Wisc.) has deployed the IWSAlerts emergency mass notification, force protection and personnel accountability system supplied by AtHoc, Inc., the company says. The system is integrated with Ft. McCoy’s Internet Protocol and telephony infrastructure. The system provides a cloud-based architecture that meets all force protection and accountability requirements.