Wednesday, January 20th, 2021


DARPA touts efficacy of Gremlins program

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 »

Airport checkpoint gun seizures on rise

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 »

Lockheed Martin, Pentagon sign F-35 aircraft agreement

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 acquires 901D Holdings for $132M

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 »

Lockheed Martin exceeds aircraft delivery goal for 2019

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 »

House advances transportation security bill

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 »

CBP engages in traveler privacy protection discussions

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 »

GAO offers recommendation for TSA training coordination

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 »

GAO offers transportation security recommendation

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 »

GOP committee leaders object to DHS proposal on drones

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 »

DHS, Houston partner to combat human trafficking

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 »

London-based start-up awarded DHS grant

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 unveils new L-ATV C2 at AUSA Conference

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 »

DHS issues REAL ID compliance reminder

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 »

Textron Systems to produce combat vehicle chassis

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 »

Bills bolster security screening, DHS intelligence

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 »

Tactical mission kit garnering trial success

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 »