counter terrorism

May 1, 2017
By Mark J. Maier

As if facing down escalating terror, cyber and insider threats is not enough, private businesses are hamstrung by limited budgets that make choosing how and when to defend themselves more and more difficult. This rising cluster of threats demands intense security and substantial financial resources to protect people and assets.

The struggle is most pronounced in the homeland, where private parties own the majority of assets and critical infrastructure. Relying exclusively on the U.S. government for support is no longer an option—they must engage just as vigorously after an attack. 

June 21, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Russell Deyo, undersecretary for management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, addresses attendees at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may sometimes seem like a confused teenager, but it is growing and maturing and striving to make the country stronger, reports Russell Deyo, the DHS undersecretary for management.

May 23, 2016
The AeroVironment Tether Eye UAS is being evaluated for the counterterrorism mission.

AeroVironment Inc. has announced the U.S. Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) is evaluating the company’s new tethered unmanned aircraft system, named Tether Eye, for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and security applications. The CTTSO funded the development program.

November 3, 2015

Lockheed Martin, Owego, New York, was awarded a $4.6 million contract from the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office for the continued development of a maritime canister-launched small unmanned aircraft system. The company is working on a reconfigurable version of the collapsible wing Vector Hawk. The Vector Hawk design is suited to support a man-packable, all-in-one solution that includes a fixed-wing aircraft for standard and long-endurance missions; a collapsible fixed-wing aircraft that can be launched from a tube from land or water; a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft; and a tilt-rotor enabling vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with transition to forward flight.

 

September 26, 2011
By George Seffers

GeoEye Analytics Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a potential $22,178,709 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for geospatial analysis, research, and studies. GeoEye Analytics will be performing threat, counter insurgency, and counter terrorism analysis to support intelligence analysis programs and operational organizations. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.

January 5, 2011
By George Seffers

Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Virginia was recently awarded a more than $4 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to evaluate a revolutionary technology that will enable troops deployed around the world to improve how they record and analyze information obtained while on patrol. Alion will provide performance evaluations on the Graph Understanding and Analysis for Rapid Detection-Deployed On the Ground (GUARD DOG) program, which is designed to assist patrollers as they conduct counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism and counter-drug missions.