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General Dynamics to Develop and Deploy Data Collection Infrastructure

December 13, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Fairfax, Va., was awarded a contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop and implement the Test, Evaluation and Monitoring Network (TEMnet) for TSA’s Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) located at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. This 30-month task order was awarded under the Enterprise Acquisitions Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract and is valued at approximately $5 million. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will design, develop and deploy an integrated data collection infrastructure for test and evaluation of systems at the TSIF. This environment will enable quick and accurate access to test data for analysis of technologies, systems and procedures. 

General Dynamics to Support FBI Computer Forensic Networks

December 13, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va., was awarded a task order to provide information technology services to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Computer Analysis Response Team Storage Area Network (CARTSAN). The CARTSAN environment provides FBI personnel with the necessary infrastructure to efficiently and effectively acquire, process and present latent digital information contained within physical evidence. The task order has a potential value of $42.2 million over five years. The company will provide systems administration, computer engineering, program management, application programming and integration and system security engineering, including cyber security. This task order was awarded under the FBI Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (FBI IT Triple S) contract.  

Robotic Autonomous Activities Advance

December 13, 2012

A vision-driven robotic arm will enable the precise long-range delivery of a payload weighing up to one pound into difficult-to-reach environments.

 

Meet Vince Patton, Ed.D., Vice President, Homeland Security Programs

December 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

After growing up as the fifth child out of 10, it comes as no surprise that Master Chief Petty Officer Vince Patton, USCG (Ret.), thrives as part of a team. He joined AFCEA International in 2011 and recently took the helm of the newly established Homeland Security Department. It’s the latest role in a career that has taken Patton across the globe, from Coast Guard cutters to classrooms and beyond.

West Virginia County Purchases Emergency Response System

December 10, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Kanawha County, W.Va., Metro Emergency Operations Center (Metro 911) is implementing New World Systems' Aegis Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) solution to improve emergency response through integrated mapping and automated dispatch tools. New World's CAD will allow Metro 911 to leverage Kanawha County's geographic information systems data to help dispatchers quickly locate emergencies and send the closest first responders. It also will save significant time for dispatchers with easy-to-use screens and more instant access to information. Covering a geographic area of 911 square miles, Metro 911 receives more calls for service than any other county in West Virginia. New World's CAD, built on the Microsoft platform with embedded mapping, will help Metro 911 better serve a population of more than 200,000 residents.

Power Grid Study Cites “Inherent Vulnerability” to Terrorist Attack, Natural Disaster

November 29, 2012
By Max Cacas

A newly released study on America’s electrical power transmission system strongly suggests that the government and industry take steps to safeguard it from shortcomings that make it vulnerable to things such as terrorist attack and acts of nature. Potential solutions will require not only ingenuity and technology, but investment and political decisiveness.

Small Business Tips for Department of Homeland Security Contracting

November 15, 2012
By Beverly Mowery Cooper

Small business contracts make up 32 percent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) business, with an average of 3,500 new contracts added every year. But it can be challenging for small companies to take advantage of these opportunities. Breaking into the DHS market as a small business is not impossible, according to Bob Namejko, industry liaison, DHS, but it is difficult.

Cyber Committee Shares Expertise

November 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

Ranging in topics from cloud computing to supply chain management, AFCEA’s Cyber Committee has published five white papers. Available on the committee’s website, information ranges from the basics to high-level recommendations that will be useful not only to organizations’ information technology personnel but also to leadership planning strategies for the future.

 

Harris to Provide Homeland Security Radios

November 9, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Harris Corporation, Melbourne, Fla., has received $7 million in orders to deliver public safety and tactical communications systems to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Coast Guard. The orders were awarded through the five-year, $3 billion DHS Tactical Communications (TacCom) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract vehicle. Harris will provide the U.S. Coast Guard with Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack tactical radios that will be installed across the Coast Guard fleet to provide interoperable tactical communications with local, state and federal agencies, as well as the Department of Defense. Separately, Harris also will provide the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness with a standards-based P25 Land Mobile Radio system. The Center, located on Fort McClellan in Alabama, is charged with training first responders in recovery tactics for response to critical homeland security situations. 

DHS Awards 34 Cyber Research and Development Contracts

October 29, 2012
George I. Seffers

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has awarded 34 contracts to 29 academic and research organizations for research and development of solutions to cyber security challenges. The contracts were awarded by the DHS S&T Cyber Security Division (CSD) under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) 11-02 which solicited proposals in 14 technical topic areas aimed at improving security in federal networks and across the Internet while developing new and enhanced technologies for detecting, preventing and responding to cyber attacks on the nation’s critical information infrastructure. Four of these contracts include co-funding from international partners ­ two from the United Kingdom and two from Australia. Negotiations are currently underway for additional international co-funding from partner agencies in Canada, Sweden and The Netherlands.

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