Thursday, January 21st, 2021


DHS initiates Real ID public awareness campaign

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new nationwide Real ID public awareness campaign that addresses requirements while encouraging action before the Oct. 1, 2021, full enforcement deadline. "Be Your REAL ID Self" urges Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or an... Read More »

Lockheed Martin awarded $1.28B Pentagon F-35 contract

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $1.28 billion sustainable contract from the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office. This Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) supports operations and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet through June 30, 2021. "This contract ensures F-35s remain ready to fly and... Read More »

Congress passes REAL ID Modernization Act

The U.S. Congress has passed the REAL ID Modernization Act, which updates identification requirements set 15 years ago by the 9/11 Commission. “This new law marks another important step toward meeting the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations to close dangerous vulnerabilities to terrorist... Read More »

Lockheed Martin touts F-35 aircraft delivery initiatives

Lockheed Martin personnel are touting the company's ability to produce and deliver F-35 aircraft amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm recently delivered the 123rd F-35 aircraft of the year. In 2020, 74 F-35s were delivered to the U.S. military, 31 to international partner nations, and 18 to... Read More »

Tests address public transit virus spread reduction

Three entities have initiated real-world testing efforts to determine the most effective measures to address the public transit virus spread reduction. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with the New York Metropolitan... Read More »

Textron secures Army aircraft contract

The U.S. Army has awarded a $66 million contract to Textron Systems Corporation for 36 Shadow aircraft in the latest Block III configuration. “We are proud to maintain our strong partnership of more than 20 years with the U.S. Army on the Shadow program,” Textron Systems Senior Vice... Read More »

BAE Systems secures USS Wasp contract

The Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $197.4 million contract to perform maintenance and modernization work aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. “BAE Systems is very familiar with USS Wasp, performing substantial upgrade work onboard before its forward deployment to Japan three years... Read More »

Montana air base to receive helicopter fleet upgrade

Air Force officials said Cascade County, Montana-based Malmstrom Air Force Base will be the first site to receive new MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters to replace the Vietnam-era Huey fleet. The new fleet is expected to be fully operational by 2023. Malmstrom Air Force Base serves as a vital... Read More »

Lawmakers support Air National Guard C-130 fleet

Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have joined colleagues in advocating for an Air National Guard C-130 aircraft fleet to support active duty missions and domestic emergencies. Duckworth and Durbin were among the 18 lawmakers penning and forwarding correspondence to the Armed... Read More »

BAE Systems to aid Army’s A-Team initiative

The Army has awarded BAE Systems multiple contracts to develop key technologies for the service branch's Advanced Teaming Demonstration Program (A-Team). The pacts totaling $9 million address three of the program’s four focus areas and are designed to advance manned and unmanned teaming... Read More »

Bill targets aviation health emergency preparedness

Reps. Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) recently introduced a measure designed to develop a national aviation preparedness plan regarding future public health emergencies. The National Aviation Preparedness Plan Act of 2020 is supported by key aviation stakeholders, including the American... Read More »

CBP’s Simplified Arrival debuts at LAX

Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Simplified Arrival initiative recently debuted at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), with officials touting the endeavor's varied benefits. In partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the inaugural implementation is an enhanced international... Read More »

Firm touts tote-based Baggage Handling System

The threat detection and security screening technologies firm Smiths Detection is touting the benefits of integrating its CTX 9800 DSi explosive detection system with a tote-based Baggage Handling System (BHS). “We have gained expertise by working with a broad range of baggage handling system... Read More »

DHS opens Center for Countering Human Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opened the Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government’s first law enforcement operations center directly related to human trafficking and forced labor. The center is based in Washington and is led by U.S. Immigration and Customs... Read More »

TSA screens highest number of passengers since March 2020

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials said the agency screened over 1 million passengers on Sunday, which marked the highest number of passengers screened at TSA checkpoints since March 17, 2020. “TSA has been diligent in our efforts to ensure checkpoints are clean, safe and... Read More »

DARPA details RACER initiative

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) personnel are espousing the benefits of the department’s DARPA’s Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resiliency (RACER) program. Authorities said RACER seeks to ensure algorithms are not the limiting part of the system and... Read More »

Space Force satellite passes initial design review

U.S. Space Force personnel said the agency’s Boeing-developed Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS)-11+ communications satellite successfully completed its first major engineering design review. “Completing this engineering design review is a key milestone and brings us one step closer to delivering... Read More »

Bipartisan lawmakers seek ports reopening plan

A group of lawmakers recently forwarded correspondence to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, seeking insight regarding Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to reopen southern entry ports. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) joined Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX),... Read More »

TSA, CBP extend Preclearance program invitation

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the agencies have invited airports to participate in the Preclearance program for the first time in four years. “Preclearance is an excellent passenger facilitation program that complements our... Read More »

IATA addresses vaccine distribution preparedness

International Air Transport Association (IATA) officials maintain governments should initiate planning with the industry to ensure preparedness when COVID-19 vaccines are approved and ready for distribution. “Safely delivering COVID-19 vaccines will be the mission of the century for the... Read More »