Wednesday, January 20th, 2021


DHS proposes new rule for biometric collection

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to expand the department’s authorities and methods for collecting biometrics to improve the screening and vetting process. The proposed rule changes would modernize biometrics collection and authorize expanded use of biometrics beyond... Read More »

CBP bolsters biometric technology applications

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the agency has deployed more biometric facial comparison technology to reduce traveler contact and streamline the travel experience. Officials said, through a partnership with Los Angeles World of Airports (LAWA), Los Angeles International... Read More »

Coast Guard halts illegal charters

Coast Guard officials said the service branch has halted at least five illegal charter voyages discovered across the Mid-Atlantic since July. “The recent increase of illegal charters in the Maryland National Capital Region is a serious issue. Illegal charters pose a significant hazard to life,... Read More »

TSA utilizing CAT checkpoint technology

Transportation Security Administration officials said personnel at two airports are using new Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) to confirm the identification (ID) validity and flight information in near real-time. Systems at Baltimore/Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport... Read More »

TSA initiates new traveler ID technology

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has initiated new technology at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports capable of validating traveler identification and confirming flight information in near real-time. The TSA said JFK International Airport has 22 credential... Read More »

ATAC secures Air Force training pact

The Air Force has awarded a contract worth up to a combined $240 million to Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) for adversary air live training. Air Force officials said the award to ATAC, part of the Textron Systems segment of Textron Inc., is via the Combat Air Forces (CAF) Contracted... Read More »

Bill enables TSA passenger temperature screenings

A trio of lawmakers have introduced a bill they said requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to conduct a trial program to check passenger temperatures before advancing through airport security. Reps. Ralph Norman (R-SC), Ted Budd (R-NC) and John Larson (D-CT) said the TSA... Read More »

TSA updates security, safeguard initiatives

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has published new guidance designed to aid in managing new global security risks while safeguarding all modes of transportation. Administrator’s Intent 2.0 targets tangible security threats across seven broad categories: insider risk, surface... Read More »

Agencies collaborate for emergency harbor assessments

The Coast Guard recently joined three other agencies in signing an agreement they said is designed to assess Hawaii’s harbors following disasters such as severe weather events. The Coast Guard has agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric... Read More »

Bell forms Team Invictus for project

Bell Textron Inc., has reached agreements with nine aerospace industry firms to form Team Invictus, which will produce the Bell 360 Invictus prototype for the U.S. Army. “Team Invictus is working together to show how cutting-edge technology will give soldiers the ability to confidently operate... Read More »

TSA addresses transportation insider threats

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has crafted a structure the agency said is designed to combat potential transportation sector insider threats. The TSA Insider Threat Roadmap streamlines processes, identifies requirements and capabilities, and leverages partnerships to... Read More »

DHS funding aids TSA detection, screening capabilities

Analytical AI of Birmingham, Ala., received a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) funding award to aid Transportation Security Administration (TSA) detection and screening capabilities. The $199,536 allotment through the Silicon Valley Innovation... Read More »

Lawmakers advocate REAL ID Act implementation delay

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Lou Correa (D-CA) are urging Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to delay the Oct. 1, 2020, REAL ID Act implementation deadline. The three legislators encouraged the delayed action, citing the impact of COVID-19, the limited... Read More »

Facial comparison technology introduced at JFK

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the agency has introduced biometric facial comparison technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 4 to secure and streamline international travel. “CBP and its partners are implementing facial comparison technology to provide... Read More »

TSA notes PreCheck milestone of 10 million members

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently indicated its PreCheck program has reached a milestone of 10 million members, adding the landmark figure is essential to aviation security. TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program enabling low-risk travelers to undergo screening... Read More »

US Air Force completes flight testing for new U-2 sensor

The U.S. Air Force recently completed flight testing of the Collins Aerospace Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System (SYERS) sensor, SYERS-2C, on the U-2. The entire U-2 fleet has been upgraded with this sensor capability, which provides increased optical performance and accurate... Read More »

Virginia lawmakers seek funding for aviation facility

Virginia’s congressional delegation is urging the Army National Guard to prioritize funding for a new aviation facility in Richmond, Va., as part of the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). The lawmakers said the funding would help complete a facility to house the Virginia Army National... Read More »