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Obama Administration Unveils Security Strategy The Obama administration Thursday unveiled its new national security strategy, recognizing the need for military force but as a last resort and stressing the need to increase international diplomatic cooperation. President Barack Obama said in the 52-page document the military should be used but not overextended. And taking a wider view of national security, Mr. Obama […]

Boeing, General Dynamics and ITT: Up To $4.4 Bn for NextGen Engineering Contracts The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today awarded three separate Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) contracts totaling up to $4.4 billion over 10 years. Under the contracts, the companies will perform work that will demonstrate NextGen procedures in real time on a large scale within the current air traffic system. “NextGen is an economic opportunity that […]

BAE TSS: 95 M$ for security systems to control access to Army bases BAE Systems has received a U.S. Army contract worth up to $95 million to install and maintain automated security systems to control access to Army bases and other installations. This award expands the company’s work in supporting physical security at government sites. The automated installation entry systems use software and hardware to verify information on individuals […]

US CBP and China Sign MOU to Enhance Supply Chain Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China on Supply Chain Security and Facilitation. The CBP-China Customs Memorandum of Understanding will serve as a key component of a cooperative security and trade relationship between the two nation’s […]

G8/G20 security bill to hit $833 million CTV News has learned that Ottawa expects to spend $833 million on security for next month’s G8 and G20 summits. [montreal.ctv.ca] In March, the federal government had allocated $179 million for its security budget. But under new estimates that will be introduced in the House of Commons later Tuesday, these costs should increase by $654 million […]

Cubic App Inc: Contract for Port Security Training in Colombia, Mexico and Peru Cubic Applications, Inc., a mission support services subsidiary of Cubic Corporation, has received a new contract from the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism of the Organization of American States (OAS) to provide seaport security assessments and training for six ports in Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Ports included under the new contract include Buenaventura in […]

DRS: 10 M$ for 71 MSTAR Man Portable Radars DRS Sustainment Systems will deliver the Marine Corps 71 man portable surveillance target and acquisition radars (MSTAR), under a $9.7 million awarded by the U.S. Navy. The MSTAR is a component of the Ground-Based Operational Surveillance System (GBOSS). The MSTAR locates moving targets and uniquely classifies them as personnel on foot, tracked vehicles, or wheeled […]

Finmeccanica reorganises some activities in the Defence Electronics & Security and Space sectors LATEST NEWS People and activities In line with its programme to optimise its industrial structures in the Defence Electronics & Security and Space sectors, previously announced at the shareholders’ meeting, Finmeccanica will launch a rationalisation process intended to improve the business organisation and industrial performance of the companies involved. In particular, the organisational rationalisation will involve a […]

Inter-agency Maritime Operations Center at Port Canaveral The port has potential high-profile terrorism targets Under construction for a month, the $1.5 million Inter-agency Maritime Operations Center at Port Canaveral, which will house the port’s growing police department, is scheduled for completion in November. Foundation and drainage work is being done on the 3.3-acre site on the port’s north side. “The concept is straightforward, putting public […]

Obama names John Pistole Transportation Security Acency (TSA) chief US President Barack Obama nominated FBI counter-terrorism expert John Pistole to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which oversees airport security measures. Pistole represents Obama’s third attempt to fill the crucial post, after two previous nominees withdrew during the Senate confirmation process, and his nomination comes as new controversy swirls around US airport screening. The deputy director […]

Experts group presents report on new Strategic Concept for NATO (doc to download) On 17 May, the Group of Experts appointed by Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to lay the groundwork for a New Strategic Concept for NATO presented its analysis and recommendations to the North Atlantic Council (NAC). Speaking to the Council, the Secretary General thanked the experts for their hard work. “The group has … reached out beyond […]

TSA’s job is to scan only for explosives, not weapons Guns found in US professor’s luggage by Egypt customs  Police in Egypt have arrested an Egyptian-American academic discovered to have several weapons in his luggage as he arrived on a flight from the New York’s JFK airport. Officials said they saw the man, named as Mohammed Ibrahim Marei, a professor of botany, “behaving nervously” as he waited […]

Anti-piracy efforts treat symptom, not disease Navies can intercept Somali pirate skiffs and foil hijackings but fighting waves of attacks at sea will not solve the problem, which is rooted in instability on land in Somalia, naval leaders say. Anti-piracy efforts “will not actually resolve the base problem of why piracy is occurring … That solution lies in the stabilisation” of Somalia, […]

New UK National Security Council Established The inaugural meeting of a National Security Council, which will discuss the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, will be chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron today, Wednesday 12 May 2010.The National Security Council (NSC) being established by the Prime Minister will oversee all aspects of Britain’s security and the council will also be reviewing the […]

AgustaWestland Will Bid on New Marine One AgustaWestland (AW) told that the company is still in the hunt for the U.S. VXX Presidential helicopter replacement program, commonly known as Marine One. Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, the chairman and CEO of AW parent company Finmeccanica, suggested that AW could partner with Boeing and L-3 for the contract. The original program was canceled last year amid […]

Terrorism cell used to fund Islamic network dismantled Five people were arrested in Italy, Britain and France as part of an investigation into the funding of a network of Islamic terrorism. This was announced in The Hague, Eurojust, the European body for judicial cooperation. In Italy two people have been arrested in Milan and Rome as part of an investigation conducted by Italian police since […]

SELEX Galileo shows latest UAS and soldier technology to Jordan’s Armed Forces at SOFEX 2010 SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, is building on established partnerships with Jordanian industry at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX) 2010, and is demonstrating how the Company can support the growth of capabilities of Jordan’s Special Operations and Homeland Security forces. SELEX Galileo already works closely with local companies to develop advanced technology for Jordan’s armed […]

Little Progress Made On Afghan Surveillance Effort Nine months after the Army’s U.S. Central Command formally declared that there was an “urgent need” for sophisticated electronic surveillance systems to be installed throughout Afghanistan to protect U.S. forward operating bases, little has happened, according to senior Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee. At issue are tower-based systems designed to be placed around forward […]

DRS Defense Technical Services: 100 M$ for U.S. Customs and Border Protection License Plate Readers. DRS Technical Services Inc., a DRS Defense Solutions company, announced today that its Maritime & Security Solutions business unit was awarded a fixed price, indefinite- delivery indefinite-quantity contract worth up to $100 million to enhance and expand the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency’s license plate reader (LPR) program. DRS will work closely with Customs […]

Russian marines free tanker, capture pirates Russian marines stormed a hijacked Russian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden in a daring early morning raid, killing one of the Somali pirates aboard and capturing another 10. The oil tanker’s crew of 23 escaped unharmed after the marines from the Marshal Shaposhnikov sped in small boats to the Moscow University oil tanker and […]

Adm Di Paola: Russia may cooperate on NATO anti-missile systems Russia is considering cooperating with NATO on anti-missile defence systems and other areas, the transatlantic alliance’s top military officer, Italian admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, said Thursday. “Missile defence has … been named by General (Nikolai) Makarov, as an area in which we could look,” said Di Paola, referring to his Russian counterpart, following two days of […]

Deployable Airfield: 3,5 M$ to LM for Power Systems Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $3.5 million contract to develop the Integrated Smart-BEAR Power System (ISBPS) for the U.S. Air Force. The Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) program equips U.S. forces with lightweight, air-transportable assets used to establish mobile air bases. ISBPS is an intelligent system that will integrate a variety of energy sources, […]

US Navy’s Dual Band Radar Achieves X- and S-Band Milestone For the first time, the U.S. Navy has successfully tracked targets with a multiband radar featuring a common radar suite controller. This milestone, which took place at the Navy’s Engineering Test Center, Wallops Island, Va., was accomplished through the use of an engineering development model of the Dual Band Radar (DBR) developed by the Navy’s prime […]

US Navy Awards NGC 41.4 M$ as part of a five-year 281.5 M$ contract for Shipboard Multimission Radar Systems Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a follow-on order from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command for additional AN/SPQ-9B shipboard radar systems. Under the fixed-price $41.4 million contract option, Northrop Grumman’s Maritime Systems facility in Melville, N.Y., will supply six radar shipsets, including the third radar of a three-system procurement for the Royal Australian Navy’s Air Warfare Destroyer, […]

Multi Billion Programmes – Middle East and North Africa Developing Defences Local arms manufacturing in the Middle East and North Africa region is set to grow. Robert Bailey outlines some of the projects and collaborations that are underway Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) defence industries are becoming more self reliant as they shift from direct equipment purchases to local production. Where technology transfer has for more […]

DCNS to Self-Fund Construction of Highly Innovative OPV DCNS, a leading player on the world market for capital warships, also aims to win new business in the corvette/OPV sector. In line with this policy, the Group has decided to self-fund the construction of a Gowind offshore patrol vessel. The new ship is designed for a wide range of government missions at sea. Shipbuilding […]

NY plans 24M$ for new Security Programs The Police Department has been planning a high-tech security network for Midtown Manhattan involving surveillance cameras, license plate readers and chemical sensors, although it was not clear whether it could have prevented the attempted car bombing in Times Square on Saturday night.   The network, patterned after one under development in Lower Manhattan, would eventually use public […]

Fincantieri and Boeing Strengthen Their Team in Bid for US Navy Hovercraft Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), Fincantieri’s US subsidiary, and Boeing have announced that Oceaneering International are to enter the team set up a year ago with a view to competing for the imminent tender for the “Ship-to-Shore Connector” (SSC) program which provides for the construction of 80 new generation hovercraft for the US Navy. The announcement […]

Finmeccanica warms to UK alliances The head of Italy’s largest defence group says his country should co-operate with the UK on a new generation of unmanned aircraft, helicopters and warships. Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, chief executive and chairman of Finmeccanica, argues the two countries are the best fit in Europe given their similar foreign policies and common defence equipment programmes. “All the focus […]

Cobham to upgrade and support Air Defence and Air Traffic Services for UK MoD Cobham will upgrade and support key air traffic control systems and operations for the UK Ministry of Defence through to at least 2015, after being awarded three contracts totalling GBP12 million. The contracts include the Watchman Radar Viewing Unit and Airfield Radar Integration projects, where Cobham will continue to support existing installed equipment and the […]

US DHS Critical Infrastructure: Chemical Security Update The chemical security laws and regulations (click to download) information has been updated to reflect compliance activities related to the paperwork reduction act for the Chemical-Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). In particular, the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) has provided a link to a notice soliciting comments for 30 days of an information collection request that will enable […]

Cuban Aliens Rescued from Monito Island Federal authorities rescued a group of approximately twelve Cubans left by migrant smugglers on the inhospitable Monito Island. The migrants were allegedly smuggled into Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic aboard an unidentified boat. A Park Ranger from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources called the Ramey Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol […]

About the need for increased rail security Report of the hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, chaired by senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), to examine the security of our nation’s railroads and other surface transportation networks. In light of a bombing on a commuter train in Russia that left 40 dead last month, Lautenberg called the hearing to […]

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