Military | Force Protection
Larry Thomas, VP of Sales and Marketing, explains that Protech manufactures outdoor intrusion sensors for the government and military markets which keep false alarms low and detection sensitivity high. The company’s new wireless sensor uses a mesh network that can transmit a signal for 2500 feet to a wireless gateway. Thomas sees the future as heading toward wireless communications and IP, where sensors can be inputted into the network.
Southwest Microwave is a developer and designer of outdoor perimeter detection systems used by the military, government agencies and other high-security sites around the world, according to Bob Kirkaldie, VP of Marketing and Sales. All technology in the company’s Intrepid Sensor system is on a common platform in which the intelligent sensors drive the cameras and can capture the image of an intruder within 10 feet.
Geospatial Holdings, Inc., Pace Global Energy Services and Ridge Global report that they have created a strategic partnership to offer infrastructure services to the energy, telecom, electrical distribution, industrial, municipal and government sectors.
The partnership combines Geospatial’s proprietary Smart Probe pipeline mapping technologies and GeoUnderground Web-based secure 3D geographic information system database with Pace’s energy expertise and Ridge Global’s expertise in preparedness, security and resiliency, the companies say.
“Customers can make better use of budgets by combining efforts across security, energy and underground infrastructure systems. Bottom line, this offering, together with our many years of experience, provides solutions and saves customers money,” Mark Smith, CEO of Geospatial, said in a statement.
“Geospatial is at the forefront of underground pipeline data capture and data management services which provides enhanced value to our clients," Timothy Sutherland, chairman and CEO of Pace, said in the statement. “Combined with Ridge Global’s deep knowledge of security, our integrated solution increases productivity and profitability for all customers by offering a one-stop shop for their infrastructure management and security needs.”
“The capacity to geo-reference underground infrastructure in the most accurate way provides a critical capability to serve vital security and operational needs,” Tom Ridge, president and CEO of Ridge Global as well as the first head of DHS, said in the statement.
As part of the partnership, Ridge and Sutherland will join Geospatial Holdings’ board of directors.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL-based G4S Wackenhut is changing its name to G4S.
The rebranding, the company says, is meant to “reflect the company’s vision of providing comprehensive security solutions.”
It also reflects the fact that G4S is evolving its core competencies from its Wackenhut roots, adding expanding technology provision to its traditional manpower-based services. In turn, that evolution is proceeding partly through a series of acquisitions.
G4S acquisitions include Nuclear Security Services Corp., which offers risk management, design and engineering services for intrusion detection, access control and video surveillance systems specifically for the nuclear power and other regulated industries; Touchcom Inc., which develops software for visitor management, work flow management, elevator management and facility concierge services; Adesta, a systems integrator that designs and installs sophisticated video surveillance, perimeter protection and related security systems; and AMAG Technology, which offers access control, visitor management, smart card and related software-driven applications.
“Our transformation from G4S Wackenhut to G4S is not something that happened overnight,” Drew Levine, president, G4S Secure Solutions, said in a statement announcing the name change. “Since before Wackenhut became part of the G4S family of companies, we’ve been developing new and more efficient means of supplementing our security officers with powerful technologies.”
Those technologies include the G4S Secure Trax management software platform, which provides real-time event monitoring, situation management and business intelligence, the company notes.
“Now with the global resources of G4S, we can deliver a wider range of services -- including security consulting, design, and engineering; compliance and risk management; facilities management and remote video monitoring -- to deliver truly integrated security solutions unlike any other company in the industry,” Levine added in the statement.
|Victim at Fort Hood|
The U.S. Army is drawing up specifications for a contract at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX -- the military base where Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly opened fire and killed 13 people and wounded 32 others last November – for the maintenance of the existing security systems and, perhaps, the installation of some new ones.
A presolicitation notice posted online by the Army Contracting Command on April 5 says the chosen contractor will provide “all labor, equipment, materials and supervision necessary to perform security system services to include maintenance, additions and repairs.”
“They had this solicitation in the works prior to that shooting,” Patrick Devastey, an Army contracting official, told GSN. “I have no idea if it has been beefed up.”
Devastey said all the “parameters” of the formal solicitation have not yet been determined, and that he expected the official solicitation will be issued on or about May 15.
The security systems contract will be set-aside for a small business, and will consist of a one-year base contract plus four one-year options, said the Army notice, which was released by the Fort Sam Houston Contracting Center – West, located about 150 miles south of Fort Hood.
On November 5, 2009, Hasan allegedly fired at Army personnel in the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, where personnel receive routine medical treatment prior to and upon their return from deployment.
The presolicitation notice does not make clear whether there are security systems currently installed at the Soldier Readiness Center, and whether they are among those systems that will be maintained under the forthcoming contract.
In anticipation of the 2010 hurricane season, police, first responders and other government personnel will conduct training exercises designed to test an interoperable credential verification system known as the Emergency Responder – ID Trust Network (ER-ITN) in four Gulf states on April 6 and 7.
The checkpoint entry and reentry initiative is being sponsored by Infragard, an association of FBI personnel and private sector executives, and the Pegasus Program, a multi-state information exchange system for law enforcement and first responders.
The exercises will take place in Lockport, LA, and Galveston, TX, on April 6, and in Gulfport, MS, and Calhoun County, AL, on April 7.
“ER-ITN functions as an essential personnel management tool for private and public organizations to register essential personnel, verify access capabilities, and notify the checkpoint and emergency managers as to whom is coming and when,” according to a fact sheet prepared by organizers for the media. “The solution can instantly adjust levels of access as a recovery effort enters different phases ensuring the right people and skills are immediately available for recovery – a critical economic imperative to any community.”
ER-ITN is designed to function in disaster situations with full communications, partial communications or even no communications (in which case authorized personnel would be issued a paper “Letter of Access” and authorized vehicles would be issued a colored transportation placard.)
“To date no comprehensive, easy-to-implement, cost-effective solution has been available to checkpoint guardians,” said the fact sheet issued by the organizers of the upcoming exercises. They claim that the ER-ITN system is “the only 100% software-based solution that operates independent of expensive hardware or specialized credential systems…”
Further information is available from Daniel Renaud, of the Pegasus Program, at 512-636-7146 or [email protected].
Not surprisingly, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recognizes the need for, and the benefits of, building trust with ethnic and religious minorities.
That’s especially the case with the minorities that sometimes feel persecuted by the Bureau’s efforts to root out radicalized, violence-prone fundamentalists in their midst.
Today’s FBI maintains a “community outreach and engagement” program that aims to “build trust and open a constructive dialogue with American Arab, Muslim, Sikh, Somali, and South Asian communities, to name but a few.”
That was the message that Brett Hovington, chief of the community relations unit in the Bureau’s Office of Public Affairs, brought to a recent hearing held by the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Those FBI efforts need to focus especially on youth in the various communities, Hovingston said. “Recent situations involving young people leaving the United States to travel abroad and engage in criminal and nefarious activities is one of the concerns facing the United States today,” he noted. “If we want to stop future generations of youth from choosing the wrong path and fighting against our country instead of for it, we must commit to increasing our field-based scientific research on the violent radicalization of youth.”
Another part of that FBI effort is to engage “sociologists, political scientists, and psychologists [who] can all help us explore conflict between leaders, community members and youth.”
Today, each of the FBI’s 56 field offices has a “Community Outreach Program coordinated by a professional community outreach specialist or special agent community outreach coordinator,” Hovington said. Part of the mission at the field offices is to “identify and develop relationships with community leaders and other individuals who have influence in their communities and may be helpful conduits of information to the community at large.”
Hovington offered the following examples of FBI engagement with various minority communities, and particularly, with their youth:
In Detroit, the executive management, including the special agent in charge, attends regular meetings in the Muslim communities. They also have individuals from the Muslim community who participate in the Multi-Cultural Advisory Councils, FBI Citizens’ Academies and the FBI Teen Academy.
In the fall of 2009, the assistant director of the New York office met with 40 Muslim community leaders to address the issues and concerns of the community following operational activities in the investigation of Najibullah Zazi.
The Atlanta office held a town hall meeting for the Muslim community at the Hamza Center in Alpharetta, GA.
The Buffalo office partnered with the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York to host a town hall meeting with the special agent in charge and an assistant U.S. attorney present.
The New Haven office held town hall meetings with the Pakistani-American Public Affairs Committee.
The San Antonio office participated in an open forum for a group of refugees from Somalia, Tanzania and Iran, expressing encouragement to those in attendance that local and federal agencies were available to assist with any concerns or issues.
As a part of the FBI Adopt-a-School program, the Phoenix office hosted a Jr. Special Agent Program at the Arizona Cultural Academy, an Islamic private school. A series of topics presented for the youth included making good decisions, peer pressure, Internet safety, violence prevention, self-esteem and teasing and rumors.
The New York office participated in a Pakistani youth group event held by the Council of People's Organization (COPO) in Brooklyn.
Agents from the San Antonio office delivered an Internet safety presentation to 300 middle school students at a predominately Turkish-run school, Harmony Science Academy.
Agents from the Atlanta office participated in career day at Dar-Un-Noor School, which is also a part of the Al Farooq Masijid, the largest mosque in Atlanta.
Hovington also noted that, since November 2008, a specialized outreach team has been engaged in a pilot program to establish contacts in the Somali-American communities of Denver, Columbus, Minneapolis, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, DC. “The intent of this new engagement strategy is to use the best practices in community outreach and tailor them to assist in efforts to engage communities that are particularly insular or where barriers of fear or suspicion of law enforcement exist,” he said.
The Defense Department is gathering information about well-established and innovative new ways it could use whole body scanners and handheld, standoff and benchtop scanners to detect “personnel-borne explosive threats” at the entrances to the Pentagon.
The Pentagon Force Protection Agency’s science and technology office has issued a request for information (RFI) that would help it determine specific requirements for future security systems that could address threats “in a safe, operator-friendly manner with a minimum impact on visitors and pedestrian throughput,” according to a sources sought notice published on April 5.
Prospective vendors will be invited to an Industry Demonstration Day on May 20 in the Pentagon’s center courtyard that will be attended by members of the selection committee and other DoD representatives. “Attendees are requested to present demonstrative hardware of candidate systems if possible,” said the notice, which was issued by DoD’s Washington Headquarters Services unit.
Interested companies are asked to submit their information, including a “quad chart” -- a one-page document that presents a photo of the candidate system, along with brief descriptions of its technical approach, operational capability, cost and delivery schedule -- by April 15.
Further information is available from John Hundley at 703-588-3869 or [email protected].
On May 3‚ 2002‚ in response to the terrorist attack against the Pentagon on Sept. 11‚ 2001, and the subsequent anthrax incidents‚ then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz established the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. Since its creation‚ PFPA has expanded its mission and today provides force protection against a full spectrum of potential threats, according to the agency’s Web site. While law enforcement is still a major portion of its mission‚ the agency also handles operations security‚ building surveillance‚ crisis prevention‚ consequence management, counterintelligence‚ antiterrorism‚ Hazmat and explosives‚ protection of high-ranking DoD officials‚ information technology and administrative issues.
On March 4, 2010, at the metro entrance to the Pentagon, a 36-year-old man produced a handgun and began firing at two police officers, as he tried to enter the building, according to a PFPA press statement. Shots were fired, the two policemen and the intruder were hit, all three were taken to a Washington hospital, and the intruder, John Patrick Bedell, died that night from gunshot wounds.
Wilmington, MA-based Implant Sciences Corp., a supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, has been awarded an order for its QS-H150 portable explosives detectors from a customer it characterizes only as a “major international security agency” in Asia.
Implant Sciences values the order at more than $250,000 and notes that it is a follow-on to an order it received in 2009 for a similar quantity.
The detectors are to be used at aviation security checkpoints, the company says.
"The Company commends the efforts of our channel partners for the work they have done in securing this business and satisfying a valuable customer," Glenn Bolduc, CEO, said in a statement.
Peabody, MA-based Analogic Corp., a provider of medical imaging and aviation security technology, reports that it has received an order from L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems, Inc. for explosive assessment computed tomography (EXACT) systems.
Analogic values the order at approximately $9.7 million.
The TSA-certified eXaminer 3DX, developed by Analogic and L-3 Communications, incorporates the EXACT subsystem. More than 900 eXaminer 3DX systems are installed in airports around the world to screen checked baggage.
The system features multi-slice CT imaging technology and provides 3-D images of all the contents of a bag, enabling automatic detection of explosives, according to Analogic.
Analogic and L-3 also provide the government-certified eXaminer SX and eXaminer XLB systems, which address various throughput needs of smaller and very large airports.
This new order is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.