Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials recently announced the preliminary results of its initial Gremlins program testing initiative, which seeks to enhance aircraft retrieve efficiently and turnaround preparation efforts.
The X-61A vehicle test conducted in late November at... Read More »
All travelers from Wuhan, China, to the United States will have to undergo public health screening at the three U.S. airports that receive the most travelers from the Chinese city - San Francisco, New York, or Los Angeles - in response to a novel coronavirus outbreak that is continuing to grow.... Read More »
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel are reporting a record-setting year for officers stationed at airport security checkpoints, noting more firearm seizures than at any other point in the agency’s history.
“The continued increase in the number of firearms that travelers... Read More »
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers screened more than 43.8 million passengers and crew members during the holiday travel period, a record and 4 percent higher than during 2018.
The holiday period ran from Dec. 19 to Jan. 5. The busiest day was Dec. 27, when officers screened... Read More »
Lockheed Martin has received a $1.9 billion F-35 Joint Program Office contract to support operations and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet in 2020.
“The F-35 continues to deliver exceptional capabilities to the field, and this contract ensures F-35s are mission ready to meet warfighter... Read More »
Curtiss-Wright Corp., a global company that provides highly engineered products and services to defense, industrial, commercial, and energy clients, recently completed a $132 million cash acquisition of 901D Holdings.
901D designs and manufactures mission-critical integrated electronic systems,... Read More »
The U.S. Marines put a new amphibious combat vehicle (ACV) to the test this month, subjecting it to maneuverability and performance tests during low-light and night operations at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
“I am loyal to tracks, but the more I learn about these vehicles, the more impressed I get... Read More »
Lockheed Martin exceeded its joint government and industry delivery goal for 2019, delivering 134 F-35 aircraft.
The goal for the year was 131 aircraft. The deliveries represent a 200 percent production increase from 2016 and a 47 percent increase from 2018.
"This achievement is a testament... Read More »
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers have detected 27 firearms at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, breaking 2017’s record.
The most recent weapon was found Tuesday in the carry-on bag of a Sparks, Maryland, resident. The man was carrying a .25... Read More »
The U.S. House of Representatives advanced Monday the Emerging Transportation Security Threats Act of 2019 (H.R. 3318).
The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. John Joyce (R-PA), creates a task force to analyze emerging threats to transportation security. It also requires the Transportation Security... Read More »
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) take steps to ensure screening technologies continue to meet requirements after they are installed at airports.
The TSA is responsible for security operations at approximately 440 TSA-regulated... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel recently met with privacy experts to discuss how the agency implements the Congressional biometric entry-exit mandate.
The meeting is the third session in an ongoing discussion series about CBP measures taken to protect traveler privacy during... Read More »
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) blasted a proposal by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would require all travelers, including U.S. citizens, to be photographed upon entry and/or departure from U.S. airports.
“The Department of Homeland Security should immediately withdraw plans to... Read More »
Efforts to enhance Preclearance efficiency and effectiveness served as the prime focus during the recent Preclearance Port Directors Summit in Abu Dhabi.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials met with counterparts from the Department of State and the United Arab Emirates personnel during... Read More »
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) a recommendation to enhance the agency’s security training program coordination efforts.
After conducting a review of the TSA’s approach, the GAO has recommended the TSA Administrator... Read More »
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a recommendation regarding creating a federal transportation security national strategy governing document.
GAO officials said after researching the issue, it has recommended DHS should, in... Read More »
Republican leaders on the U.S. House Homeland Security and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees blasted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposal to allow counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) equipment to operate near airports.
This includes equipment that could be... Read More »
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officials said an Austin, Texas-based start-up has secured funding designed to enhance security checkpoint operations.
S&T officials said the agency awarded $199,961.29 to Synthetik Applied Technologies to develop a... Read More »
This month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will deploy biometric facial comparison technology at three of the 22 pedestrian lanes through the Laredo Port of Entry.
The remaining lanes will have the technology installed during the first week of December.
The technology works by... Read More »
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Tampa Bay area airports detected 15 firearms this month in passenger carry-on bags.
This is nearly double the number of firearms detected in the previous two Octobers.
Twelve firearms were detected at TSA security checkpoints at the... Read More »
Under a $36.7 million contract awarded to them by the U.S. Navy, BAE Systems intends to create a dual band Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy (FOTD) system that will act as a countermeasure against threats to aircraft.
These FOTDs are radio-frequency and are intended to supplement any aircraft: fighters,... Read More »
The House Committee on Homeland Security advanced a bill sponsored by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to improve the Transportation Security Administration's security operations.
The Covert Testing and Risk Mitigation Improvement Act (H.R. 3469) is designed to improve the effectiveness and... Read More »
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week that it has partnered with the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System (HAS) as a means of combating human trafficking.
The effort stems from the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI) program, officials said, which is an extension of the... Read More »
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently awarded CrowdVision Ltd. $160,902 to develop an airport passenger counting and measuring system for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Funding is for phase one of the project.
The company, a... Read More »
Oshkosh Defense recently unveiled the new Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle Command and Control (L-ATV C2) in addition to displaying a series of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV).
The display occurred during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) National Conference in... Read More »
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) three recommendations regarding security measure implementation and stakeholder involvement in such endeavors.
The GAO report showed that the TSA’s process does not clearly define when or... Read More »
FLIR Systems has reached an agreement to acquire Aria Insight’s Intellectual property (IP) and certain operating assets.
Aria, which was previously known as CyPhy Works, Inc., pioneered the development of tethered small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) and developed the Persistent Aerial... Read More »
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reminding U.S. citizens that, beginning Oct. 1, 2020, all air travelers must be REAL ID-compliant to fly within the United States.
Travelers must present a REAL ID driver's license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license or other acceptable forms of... Read More »
Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems, a joint venture of Raytheon Company and Rheinmetall Land Systems, selected Monday Textron Systems to produce the chassis the Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
The joint venture is looking to offer Lynx to meet the Army's requirement for an Optionally Manned... Read More »
The House of Representatives advanced last week four bills designed to support the traveler security screening process and enhance the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence apparatus.
Officials touted the potential benefits the Trusted Traveler Reconsideration and Restoration Act of... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has initiated Simplified Arrival at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) as a means of modernizing international arrivals by matching travelers to documents using face comparison technology.
CBP is committed to implementing an integrated biometric... Read More »
Lockheed Martin officials said flight tests of the firm’s Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter have determined the aircraft’s new tactical mission kit operates as designed, ensuring seamless transitioning to evaluation.
“This tactical mission kit leverages the knowledge we’ve gained... Read More »
The U.S. Senate recently advanced a bill that seeks to make air travel more convenient for transportation industry workers.
The TSA Credential and Endorsement Harmonization Act of 2019 is designed to reduce the number of duplicate screenings by expanding TSA PreCheck to those who have already... Read More »
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) authorities said the summer travel season yielded another record-breaking screening result, totaling more than a quarter of a billion travelers representing the busiest in TSA history.
TSA officers screened 262 million passengers and crew during the... Read More »
The U.S. Coast Guard will work in conjunction with state and local first responders in Tennessee today to conduct boat drills aboard the passenger vessel Star of Knoxville, out on the Tennessee River.
Operations will span periods in the morning and afternoon, in two locales: the Knoxville... Read More »