Terror Response Technology Report

August 3, 2011

Table of Contents

Briefing

*Cinemassive Displays LLC has received a $1.5 million contract from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an upgrade to the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) video wall. The NRCC is a multi-agency center based at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., that provides overall coordination of the federal response and supports emergency management program implementation. Atlanta-based Cinemassive has a wide range of federal customers.

*The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the performance period of its contract with FirstLine Transportation Security until Dec. 31 to assure continuation of security screening services at Kansas City International Airport pending the resolution of a complaint filed in federal court related to the company’s loss of the contract in April to Akal Security. TSA expects the court to resolve the complaint by around Aug. 2 and is extending FirstLine’s contract, which would have expired on July 9, on a month-to-month basis. The value of the contract extension wasn’t disclosed. The private airport screening services are provided under the Screening Partnership Program.

*Aware [AWRE] has received a $468,850 contract from the Transportation Security Administration to supply a fingerprint capability with store and forward, and results distribution capabilities. Results distribution is a web portal that displays the results of background checks. Store and forward provides the backend services to systems and applications that require fingerprint-based background checks for TSA.

*Safran has completed its $1.1 billion acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions making it the "world leader in biometric identity solutions," it says. L-1 is now MorphoTrust and is operating under Safran’s security business called Morpho. Including MorphoTrust, Morpho would have had $2 billion in sales last year. Morpho also operates MorphoTrak and Morpho Detection in the U.S., a provider of airport security scanning equipment. Safran also completed its acquisition of Syagen Technology, a leader in developing mass spectrometry technology for security applications. Syagen will be part of Morpho Detection. Also, Morpho Detection announced a new president, Brad Buswell, who succeeds Dennis Cooke, who is departing for Ryder Systems, Inc., the transportation and supply chain management firm.

With ASP Effort Over, DNDO Turns Attention to Commercial Alternatives, Handhelds

The head of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) says that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not pursue certification and production of a new system designed to scan containers and vehicles for radiological materials at ports of entry and will instead focus attention on pursuing commercial alternatives as well as new handheld detection devices.

DNDO Director Warren Stern, essentially confirming an assessment made earlier this month by DHS Science Chief Tara O’Toole about the Advanced Spectroscopic Portal (ASP), tells the House Homeland Security Committee that the "most recent field validation [evaluation] revealed that the original design specification, jointly developed by DNDO and CBP (Customs and Border Protection) in 2007, does not adequately reflect the operational needs in the field, particularly truck speeds in secondary inspection."

Early last year DHS decided to refocus the ASP effort away from developing and deploying the systems as primary radiation screening system in favor of a more limited role for secondary inspections. Even that won’t happen now.

Since the ASP effort began in 2004, some companies have been developing competing portal systems that are commercially available which DNDO will assess, Stern says, Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems [OSIS], is one of those companies.

In the near-term, DNDO is looking to take advantage of advances in handheld radiation detection and identification devices.

Stern says that DNDO and CBP are working with the White House Office of Management and Budget and congressional appropriators to reallocate funding requested in FY ’12 for ASP to be prioritized for handheld detection and identification systems. DHS has already requested $20 million in FY ’12 for human portable radiation detection equipment.

Stern also says that CBP will "apply more rigorous concepts of operation for use in secondary inspections with handheld detectors."

Various handheld systems are already used by CBP for secondary inspections but the systems, which require manually intensive use, are slow. This will still be an issue going forward as the handhelds are not as effective as a large portal monitor system, Stern says.

DNDO is eyeing two new, advanced handheld systems that have been finalized. The Advanced Operation Handheld device is being used by special teams at the Coast Guard and CBP, Stern says. The Advanced Handheld is currently being purchased by DHS and is produced by AMETEK Inc.‘s [AME] Ortec division and is a high-purity germanium system.

The other device, the RadSeeker, which is made by Smiths Detection, is a small area search system. Last week DNDO decided that it will acquire the RadSeeker radioisotope identification device. RadSeeker uses lanthanum bromide detectors and is a next-generation handheld intended for broader deployment with the Coast Guard, CBP and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

DNDO is currently working with the DHS component agencies to determine how many RadSeekers will be purchased for an initial procurement in the fourth quarter of FY ’11. DNDO awarded Smiths Detection a contract in 2006 to improve handheld radiation detection devices. The pending production award will be made under that contract. Follow-on procurements of RadSeekers will be covered by a new contract starting in FY ’12 pending congressional appropriations.

Plans for ASPs

Although it has no plans to deploy ASPs, DHS still believes it can learn from the systems that have been acquired.

Stern says that DHS will use 13 of the ASP system that have been built for evaluations at select ports of entry, so that users can better understand what the spectroscopic technology can do "generically" as well as help define requirements for a future competition based on commercial portal systems.

Canberra Industries, which was earlier dropped from the ASP program, Raytheon [RTN] and Thermo Fisher Scientific [TMO] have been developing systems. DHS says it will use systems produced by Raytheon for the evaluations.

Another benefit from the ASP evaluations is that they will help DNDO improve the way it tests, models its testing, and then repeats that process for these portal systems, Stern says. "There’s a big need to model the stream of commerce and the radiation that’s in the environment," he says.

While there will be costs associated with deploying the ASP units for the evaluations, the data that is obtained and the requirements definition is worth it, Stern says.

The ASPs were expected to replace the current generation of radiation portal monitors used at the nation’s land, sea and in some cases air ports of entry. The current technology is criticized for too many false alarms on materials that produce harmless amounts of radiation, often requiring time consuming secondary inspections. Spectroscopic portal technology still offers the potential for more effective scanning than enhancements to the current technology, Stern says.

STC Continues Expansion

Pending a congressional appropriation in FY ’12, the Obama Administration hopes to begin expanding the Securing the Cities (STC) initiative to another major city. STC, which is operational in the New York City region, is an effort by DHS to enhance the nation’s ability to detect and prevent a radiological or nuclear attack in the highest risk cites in the U.S.

In New York, funding through the STC effort has enabled the New York Police Department to acquire over 4,200 personal radiation detectors, 156 PackEye radiation detection backpacks made by Thermo Fisher, 77 radiological isotope identification devices, and 15 mobile detection systems. Some of the equipment has been distributed to the NYPDs regional partners within a 40 mile radius of New York City under STC.

NYPD has also placed an order for another 110 PackEyes and five mobile platform vehicles.

Many of the radiation detection sensors are networked into a coordination center that is part of the Lower and Midtown Manhattan Security Initiatives, providing the center with real-time data, Richard Daddario, deputy commissioner for Counterterrorism at the NYPD, tells the House panel.

In addition, the police department is purchasing a Bluetooth gateway device that allows for the real-time transmission of data from personal radiation detectors worn by police officers, a first of its kind effort, Daddario says. "The system is designed to alert officers in real-time to potentially dangerous radiation levels in the field."

Another part of New York’s STC effort involves the installation of a permanent ring of fixed radiation detection equipment along the pathways–bridges and tunnels–into the city. Daddario says that the mobile and fixed-site detection efforts still require additional funding.

Additional funding will enable the networking of mobile ration detection systems into the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center. The funding will also allow for the purchase of additional detection equipment and improve procedures and programs for inventory control, maintenance and calibration if equipment, training and exercises with regional partners, and the development of advanced detection and integration operations regionally, Daddario says.

More Detection for NYC

NYPD recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) calling for the NNSA to install remote monitoring systems at certain facilities in the city to guard against the theft of radiological materials, Daddario says.

The effort, part of NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative, puts the remote systems inside "medical, academic, commercial and industrial facility that house radiotherapy and irradiation devices that contain highly radioactive isotopes, which, if removed by terrorists, can be used to create dirty bombs," Daddario says. "The NYPD will receive real-time video alarms from these remote monitoring systems."

TSA Begins ATR Upgrades to L-3’s Body Imagers at Airports

Following a successful pilot testing effort earlier this year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun installing new software that automatically detects threats on people who are screened by millimeter wave-based whole body imagers at the nation’s airports.

The millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) systems used at airport checkpoints are made by L-3 Communications [LLL]. OSI Systems [OSIS] Rapiscan Systems division makes backscatter X-Ray-based AITs that are also deployed at the nation’s airports.

This fall TSA expects to begin pilot testing automatic threat recognition (ATR) software on the Rapiscan AIT systems at select airports once that company has developed the algorithms to the agency’s liking.

The pilot tests of the L-3 machines upgraded with the ATR software took place at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson, Las Vegas McCarran and Reagan National Airports during the winter. Those machines retained the ATR software after the testing was completed and are now beginning routine operations with the software.

$2.7M to L-3 for ATR

In a response to an email query, TSA tells TR2 that it spent about $2.7 million for L-3 to develop the ATR software, including the deployment of the software to currently fielded millimeter wave units. TSA has deployed to nearly 500 AIT systems to 78 airports. L-3 has supplied 241 of the systems to 40 airports.

Deploying the ATR software will eliminate the need for a Transportation Security Officer (TSO) to remotely review the image of a person being screened, freeing up the officer to do other duties. Eliminating the remote viewing station will also save on construction costs, as future viewing stations won’t be needed, and save airports precious real estate.

Current TSA policy requires the TSO viewing the image scan to be located remotely from the checkpoint for privacy reasons because the scanned images, while blurring the face of an individual, peer beneath a person’s clothing to reveal their private areas as well as any items they may be hiding on themselves.

With the ATR algorithms on the AIT machines, a TSO at the machine will be able to look at a monitor attached to the machined that will show computer-generated generic outline of the person being screened with the location or locations of any potential threats marked on that outline, alerting the agent to the need for additional screening. If no threat is detected, an "OK" appears on the monitor with no outline and the person is cleared.

"Our top priority is the safety of the traveling public, and TSA constantly strives to explore and implement new technologies that enhance security and strengthen privacy protections for the traveling public," TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a statement. "This software upgrade enables us to continue providing a high level of security through advanced imaging technology screening, while improving the passenger experience at checkpoints."

TSA also worked with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology branch on the development of the ATR software.

All the upgrades to the L-3 machines will occur in the coming months, TSA says. The use of the ATR software is expected to improve throughput of passengers at the AIT machines. However, AIT throughput has not been an issue at checkpoints as the increased time it takes for travelers to pass through security lanes has been attributed to the time it takes for screeners to review images produced by X-ray machines of carry-on luggage.

TSA tested L-3’s ATR software on the company’s ProVision AIT machines at three airports in February. In addition to its deployments at certain U.S. airports, L-3 has supplied the ProVision to airports in The Netherlands, Canada, Europe and Asia. The threat detection algorithms have been operating at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam since early 2010.

L-3 is working with regulators in other countries where the ProVision system is deployed to introduce the ATR software, William Frain, senior vice president for Government Affairs at L-3’s Security & Detection Systems unit, tells TR2 via email.

TSA expects to deploy additional AIT systems to airports this year. The agency is also preparing a Request for Proposals for release in the fourth quarter of FY ’11 for AIT 2, which will include larger footprint body imagers such as those currently supplied by L-3 and Rapiscan, as well as machines with a smaller footprint that could be deployed at small and medium-size airports.

American Science and Engineering [ASEI], which has a backscatter-based AIT system, and Britain’s Smiths Detection, which has a millimeter wave- based AIT system, are currently having their respective systems tested by TSA inside a testing facility. Both systems are expected to move to operational pilot tests at select airports in the coming months.

Unlike L-3 and Rapiscan, neither AS&E nor Smiths detection have received any funding from the TSA to develop their respective ATR algorithms. Some industry officials believe that this is another example of the agency "playing favorites."

A small engineering company, Tek84, is developing an AIT system based on backscatter and transmission X-Ray that it hopes to soon introduce for testing at the DHS’ Transportation Security Laboratory.

TSA told an industry gathering last month that it expects to make low-rate production awards for AIT 2 in the first quarter of FY ’12, followed by full-rate production awards in the fourth quarter of FY ’12.

TSA Updates Industry on Acquisition Plans

Last month the Airport Consultants Council its annual Security Technology Day in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Although the media was prohibited from attending, below we present some upcoming program acquisition milestones provided by TSA at the meeting.

Under the Passenger Screening Program (PSP):

TSA plans a single award for full rate production of an Automated Wait Time system based on proposals currently being evaluated. The anticipated date of award is in the first quarter of FY ’12;

The agency plans to make one or more low-rate initial production awards in the fourth quarter of FY ’11 for the Credential Authentication Technology/Boarding Pass Scanning System. Afterwards, TSA will host a competition for full rate production with awards expected in the third quarter of FY ’12;

For a Shoe Scanner, proposals were due in mid-July and an award is expected in the fourth quarter FY ’11;

For the next round of Advanced Imaging Technology contracts, called AIT 2, which includes machines with a smaller footprint, a Request for Proposals is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of FY ’11 with LRIP awards in the first quarter of FY ’12 followed by full-rate production award in the fourth quarter of FY ’12;

TSA is also planning a procurement of portable explosives trace detection systems and is currently developing an RFP for a task order competition from a qualified products list. An award date is expected in the second quarter of FY ’12.

Under the Electronic Baggage Screening Program, which is for explosive detection systems (EDS):

To meet new requirements TSA is currently looking at a number of different systems for qualification. An RFP was released on July 1 and an award for reduced size EDS is expected in the fourth quarter of FY ’11 and an award for medium-size EDS in the second quarter of FY ’12. Reduced-size machines have throughputs lower than 400 bags per hour and medium-size machines have throughputs between 400 and 900 bags per hour.

Boeing Ready for New Border Security Projects

Months after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opted not to continue further deployments of Boeing‘s [BA] fixed towers equipped with surveillance sensors along the southwest border, the company is gearing up for a new competition to deploy basically the same technology but in more select areas along the nation’s border with Mexico.

In January, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ended the networked portion of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), which was largely focused on deploying the fixed tower systems to the southwest border, in favor of an approach that offers more technology options to help boost border security (TR2, Jan. 19).

DHS canceled the SBInet effort saying it wasn’t viable versus the original proposal or cost-effective. Still, the Border Patrol, which operates the fixed towers and other sensor systems, has praised the situational awareness the system gives its agents and DHS has said the system initially helped increase apprehensions of illegal migrants before forcing them to alter their migration routes into the U.S.

The new approach includes the fixed towers, which are equipped with electro-optic and infrared cameras and ground surveillance radars, related communications technology and a security management platform that creates a common operating picture, or COP, at a Border Patrol station. Customs and Border Protection has indicated that the new approach will also likely emphasize open systems, that is the ability of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) sensors already developed by various vendors to be integrated relatively easily so that the government pays for purchasing, testing and deployment of a solution but not its development.

Shortly after SBInet was canceled, DHS asked industry for its ideas related to Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) to be deployed in certain areas of the southwest border with "essentially the Block I requirements that we had for our Ajo and Tucson deployments," Tim Peters, vice president of Global Security Systems within Boeing’s Network and Space Systems segment, tells TR2. The only two deployments of SBInet are called Ajo-1 and Tucson-1, both of which are operational with the Border Patrol along 53 miles of border in Arizona.

Now Boeing is building on its lessons learned in SBInet and making some additional investments as it targets a competition for IFT systems expected to begin later this year with a Request for Proposals (RFP).

"A lesson that we learned on SBInet in the Ajo and Tucson deployments is the degree of difficulty in integrating COTS applications in a hostile environment," Peters says. "It’s more complex than I think people give it credit. And we learned with our radar suppliers. We learned with our [network] video recorder suppliers. Those are all commercial suppliers. When a vendor makes a change to a chipset or makes a change to a piece of firmware, that can cause you a lot of problems down stream. As an integrator, you really have to be on top of what’s happening in your supply [chain] at lower levels."

Peters also says that Boeing has made additional investments in the COP and to provide additional features that Border Patrol agents want for the system such as how the data is presented.

These changes create integration problems that have to be solved, Peters says. And in the Ajo and Tucson deployments Boeing has worked through those integration issues and "it’s a very capable system that we think can also be replicated in a very cost effective manner," he says.

In the Ajo and Tucson deployments Boeing uses Telephonics ARSS 1 ground surveillance radar, and infrared radar provided by Flir Corp. [FLIR] and an electro-optic camera provided by Hitachi. The COP was developed by Boeing. Telephonics is a division of Griffon Corp. [GFF].

Peters says that if the government selects different sensors to be hung on the IFTs, Boeing would have to work through the integration issues but has already created the interfaces for its COP so that it can work these "integration issues in a timely manner."

When it canceled SBInet, DHS decided to move forward with a more layered and flexible approach to border security technology. Already CBP has awarded contracts to Flir and Telephonics to deliver Mobile Surveillance Systems, essentially towers with telescoping poles equipped with cameras and radar that are operated onsite by the Border Patrol and can be towed to new locations as needed.

In addition, CBP is also acquiring tactical equipment such as thermal imaging cameras and better radio systems. The agency is also planning to purchase Remote Video Surveillance Systems (RVSS), essentially camera systems on poles although they might also be mounted on buildings and other structures.

Like the IFT, Boeing has experience with the RVSS, having deployed 16 of them to two northern border sectors for CBP as part of SBInet. In these cases, both the electro-optic day cameras and infrared night cameras were supplied by L-3 Communications‘ [LLL] Cincinnati Electronics unit and integrated by Boeing.

Boeing also plans to compete for the RVSS procurement along the southwest border, Peters says.

The RVSS are essentially legacy systems, many of which have been operating on the southwest border for years. In some instances, the new acquisition effort will replace existing RVSS and in others refurbish them. An RFP for the RVSS is expected this fall with a contract award later this year or early next year.

Raytheon in Licensing Deal with SafeNet for Malware Detection Product

Raytheon [RTN] has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with information security firm SafeNet, Inc., to market Raytheon’s advanced malware detection product, RShield. The product was designed for large enterprise deployments analyzes email attachments and embedded URLs by rapidly routing email to virtualized "detection farms" where it is opened and observed for malicious activity such as zero-day attacks, Raytheon says. "Cyber threats have evolved from mass exploits to extremely targeted and persistent attacks," says Chris Fedde, president and CEO of SafeNet. "Cyber security requires a layered approach to protect data throughout its entire lifecycle and secures organizations from known and unknown threats. "Raytheon’s RShield is a critical part of this layered approach and is central to our larger vision of advancing cyber security into the cloud and the highly mobile environments of the future."

Accenture to Install Border Control Systems at Schiphol

The Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs has selected Accenture [ACN] to deliver 36 electronic border-crossing gates to be used at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The new gates will feature biometric technologies, including facial recognition, to validate passenger identities and passports. The automated gates are designed to improve security and reduce the wait time of travelers passing through the airport. Accenture’s partners include Vision-Box and Capgemini. Accenture is responsible for ongoing training, support and maintenance of the border-crossing gates. The initial 36 gates will be delivered this year.

Sandia, EPA Develop Software to Protect Water Utilities

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratory in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed CANARY Event Detection Software, an open-source software that provides enhanced detection of terrorist threats or natural contaminants to public water systems. The software tells utility operators within minutes whether something is wrong with their water, giving them time to warn and protect the pilot. It also gives utility managers more real-time data about changes in the water. "People are excited about it because it’s free and because we’ve shown that it works really well," says Regan Murray, acting associate division director of the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Protection Division at the National Homeland Security Research Center. CANARY is being used in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Singapore. It is also being tested in Philadelphia and is under evaluation by other U.S. utilities. CANARY runs on a desktop computer and can work with existing sensors and software. The software analyzes data from multiple sensors and looks for natural variability and unusual patterns to indicate a problem. From the time a contaminant reaches the first sensor until an event alarm is between 20 and 40 minutes, Sandia says.

TSA Awards L-3 Potential $385M for EDS Maintenance

L-3 Communications [LLL] has received a potential $384.9 million contract to provide performance based logistics services on the existing fleet of agency-owned L-3 explosives detection systems (EDS). The contract has a base year and four one-year options. The services L-3 will perform include preventative, corrective, and excepted maintenance to sustain deployed EDS and other ancillary equipment.

Boeing, Lockheed Martin Nab TSA Orders for Passenger Checkpoint Installations

Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] have each received task orders from the Transportation Security Administration related to the installation and upgrade of new airport security equipment at airport security checkpoints nationwide. Lockheed Martin received two task orders, one for the Central Region and the other for the East Region worth up to $72 million over two years under the agency’s Security Equipment Systems Integration (SESI) program. Lockheed Martin was the incumbent in the Central Region and unseated Raytheon [RTN] for the East Region. Lockheed Martin will assist TSA in deploying passenger screening technologies, software upgrades, wireless technologies and existing airport infrastructure. Boeing’s task order, which is for the West Region, is worth $27.1 million and is for similar work as Lockheed Martin, has a one-year base period and one-year option. Raytheon won a potential $88 million task order from TSA last year to install passenger screening equipment at airports under the SESI program (TR2, April 14, 2010). Science Applications International Corp. [SAI] is also eligible to compete for task orders under the SESI program.

Kratos Nabs $8M to Provide Security System for Transportation Agency

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions [KTOS] says it has been awarded an $8 million contract to design, engineer, install and integrate a security system, including a specialized camera system, for a U.S. transportation agency that is one of the largest in the world. The specific agency wasn’t disclosed. Work will be performed by Kratos’ subsidiary Henry Bros. Electronics, Inc. The contract requires the integration and connection of numerous security and communications elements at high priority and high profile locations in the transportation network to operations centers for a number of public agencies. Kratos has done similar for other transportation agencies.

Boeing Receives First Maritime Security Award

Boeing [BA] has received a $4.4 million contract from a Pennsylvania county to design, integrate and install a surveillance system for a 14-mile stretch of the Delaware River near Philadelphia that is host to a range of critical infrastructure. It is the company’s first port security contract. The surveillance system will include a series of long-range surveillance cameras and radar located at key points along the river that will be integrated into a communications system that includes Boeing’s Visual Communications Operations Control security management software platform that gives users an operational view of critical infrastructure while also automatically monitoring for user-defined alerts and alarms. Boeing has yet to select suppliers for the cameras and radar. The sensor data will go to a 911 center located in Media, Pa., in Delaware County for real-time situational awareness. The common operation picture can also be distributed to other command centers. Delaware County awarded Boeing the contract using funding supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Port Security Grant Program. Key critical infrastructure assets located within the Coast Guard’s Segment Delaware River North include Philadelphia International Airport, a petro-chemical port complex that is the second largest in the United States, commercial shipping, railway lines and the Commodore Barry Bridge.

India Orders Drug Detectors and Explosive Identifiers from IDenta

IDenta Corp. [IDTA] has received an order from India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, Bureau of Police Research and Development, for drug detectors and explosive identifiers. The order includes 10,000 drug detectors, 10,000 explosive identifiers and 21 sets of Bullet Test Kits. The value of the award was not disclosed.

TSA Taps Small Firm to Provide Access to Law Enforcement Databases

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded Diverse Computing, Inc. a $633,963 contract to provide a message switch developed specifically to support law enforcement and criminal justice information exchange systems. TSA has a requirement to obtain access to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, both of which provide the data required to vet individuals for various jobs that may pose a security threat.

TSA Seeks Chemical Analysis Devices and Support

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a pre-solicitation notice for the purchase of Chemical Analysis Devices (CAD) and related maintenance and support for five years. The CAD will identify and analyze unknown chemicals found at airport passenger screening checkpoints. The CAD devices will be tested at the Transportation Security Integration Facility. Sol. No. HSTS04-11-Q-CT2074. Contact: Shayani Mukherjee, contract specialist, shayani.mukherjee1@dhs.gov.

TSA Issues RFI for Subject Matter Expert on Deception Detection

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is seeking information from sources with high-stakes deception detection and operational research and testing expertise to support a program that uses behavioral observation and analysis to detect high-risk travelers and mal intent at airport checkpoints. TSA needs help reviewing current operational testing plans and procedures, identify up and coming statistical approaches to measure program performance, provide scientific analysis of behavioral indicators related to deception and fear of discovery, and propose procedural changes that may enhance behavior detection capabilities. Sol. No. HSTS05-11-I-OOP057. Respond by Aug. 15. Contact: Suzanne Speed, contract specialist, 571-227-3186, Suzanne.speed@tsa.dhs.gov.

ICE Seeks IT Support for Criminal Investigations

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a sources sought notice to supply a comprehensive information technology support solution for use in ongoing criminal investigations conducted by the Homeland Security Investigations division of ICE. The solution needs to be comprehensive analytical tool that can collate data, both structured and unstructured, from disparate and unconnected data sources for use in a drill-down evaluation instrument for use in investigations ranging from human smuggling activities, narcotics smuggling, child pornography and exploitation activities and cyber and financial crimes. The solution must be commercial-off-the-shelf and provide capabilities along geospatial, biometric, relational, temporal, structured and unstructured data collection, analysis and granular evaluation. Sol. No. 192111VHQ6I0010. Respond by Aug. 4. Contact: John Whitfield, 202-732-2517, john.whitfield1@dhs.gov.

CBP About to Release RFP for Support to Wireless Office

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) imminently plans to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for support to the Wireless Systems Program Office. A single award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract is planned to a small business. The planned award date is early Nov. 2011. The scope of the contract is to provide support across the office’s six branches. Sol. No. HSBP1011R0029_version2_update. Contact: Anar Desai, procurement directorate, anar.desai@dhs.gov.

DTRA Issues RFI for WMD Defeat R&D Contracts

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking industry feedback regarding the possibility of awarding a single set of indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) multiple award contracts (MACs) as a follow-on to three existing sets of ID/IQ MACs supporting the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Defeat Technology, Arms Control, and Nuclear Technology Electromagnetic Research and Development/Survivability and Infrastructure programs. The scope of the contracts will include accomplishing research and technology development, technical, scientific and program analyses, systems integration and technology transfer tasks. Sol. No. BCR119925027. Respond by Aug. 10. Contact: RD IDIQ Program Office & Contracts Team, RD-IDIQ-2012@dtra.mil.

DIA Seeks Solutions for Intelligence Rapid Technical Collection Support

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) plans an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle for solutions for intelligence rapid technical collection support to urgent, sensitive operations for technical collection of intelligence across the irregular warfare mission area encompassing any combination of phenomenologies and techniques for material sampling, radio frequency, radar, electro-optical, geophysical, nuclear radiation, biometrics, and cross-cutting technology areas. The contract is expect to serve as an umbrella vehicle to execute less time-critical procurements, research and development and demonstrations across the same sub-mission areas. Sol. No. HHM402-11-R-0039. Respond by Sept. 6. Contact: Edward Williams, contract specialist, 321-494-2744, Edward.williams@patrick.af.mil.

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