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 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 »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 470,000 people at New England’s six largest airports from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3.
The average number of passengers screened during the 2020 holiday travel period was about 27,600 a day at New England’s top six airports, including... Read More »
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) report assessing the 2020 calendar year detailed the implementation of modifications across more than 440 federalized airports nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, the agency screened a total of approximately 324... Read More »
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has acquired the autonomy business of Spatial Integrated Systems Inc. (SIS), indicating the acquisition expands HII’s unmanned systems capabilities with unmanned surface vessel (USV) solutions.
“We are excited to welcome the SIS autonomy business employees... Read More »
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 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 »
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 »
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) personnel said recent attempts at airborne retrieval of three unmanned air vehicles, nicknamed Gremlins, was inches from success in the latest flight test series.
During the initiative, which began on Oct. 28, each X-61A Gremlins Air Vehicle... Read More »
House members of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure are urging leadership at the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to adopt the recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on unmanned systems, or UxS.
The NAS report, "Unmanned Systems for Coast Guard Missions: A... Read More »
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 »
Smiths Detection has been awarded a $4 million contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply an explosives trace detector to airports across the United States.
The two-year contract is for the supply of Smiths IONSCAN 500 DT Explosives Trace Detection Systems (ETD). The... Read More »
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said biometric facial comparison technology implementation at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, N.Y., enhances identity verification for lawful entry into the country.
Authorities noted upon a traveler's arrival at a pedestrian lane or undergoing I-94... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A group of lawmakers recently encouraged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enhance air travel safety and support the nation’s travel and tourism industry recovery.
Sens. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) recently joined Sens. Richard... Read More »
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded five companies contracts to develop algorithms as a means of bolstering aerial combat maneuvering.
Boeing, EpiSci, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Heron Systems, and physicsAI would develop artificial intelligence agents expanding... Read More »
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is developing guidance to bolster critical infrastructure resilience.
While it is easy to understand the importance of telecommunications, energy, transportation, and emergency services, the underlying... Read More »
Air Force officials recently commended the role Sandia National Laboratories played in providing virtual means that aided a critical B61-12 Life Extension Program test flight aboard the F-35A Lightning II jet fighter.
Under the National Nuclear Security Administration's guidance, the test was... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
With the introduction of the Commitment to American Security Act (H.R. 13), U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Pete Stauber (R-MN) seek to bolster technology and manpower for security operations across various federal government aspects.
“This bill will secure our southern border, strengthen... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) TSA Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) recently hosted TSA Administrator David Pekoske, who met with the local TSA workforce and conducted a virtual town hall meeting.
The facility based in Arlington, Va., possesses a 128,000 square-foot... Read More »
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted enhanced screening requirements on most inbound international flights this week, abruptly changing a system based on 15 airports that have been in place since March.
Under current rules, international passengers from high-risk countries... Read More »
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 »
The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has awarded a $13.5M contract to Smiths Detection to provide HCVT advanced X-ray scanners for use at railway checkpoints.
The scanners would be used at northern and southern border checkpoints, with initial deliveries... Read More »