From September 2006 to January 2008, the Customs and Border Protection agency awarded $1.15 billion through eight task orders to prime contractor Boeing for SBI, which is the overall project, and SBInet, which is the fencing and electronic surveillance system component, the GAO report states....
In a report on Britain's borders, in which he accuses the government of failing to draw up a clear border security strategy, Stevens says the world's air cargo system is now vulnerable to terrorists.
Stevens will unveil his report at London City airport with David Cameron, saying: "The air cargo system is vulnerable to security threats including plots to place explosives aboard aircraft; illegal shipments of hazardous materials; criminal activities such as smuggling and theft; and potential hijackings and sabotage by persons with access to aircraft." Last week Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of terrorism laws, said private jets and light aircraft could be used to launch attacks on crowds and buildings.
Stevens says Britain could face terrorist threats for another 30 years and adds: "The growth in air travel means that it is now easier to enter the UK's airspace by light aircraft and there are many small airfields within easy flying distance of continental Europe, thereby facilitating the movement of people or illicit goods."
More Delays for Cameras in Subways (Lockheed Martin)http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/26/nyregion/26security.html?ref=nyregionAging fiber-optic cable in Brooklyn and Queens has become the latest obstacle to a planned high-tech system of surveillance cameras meant to safeguard the subway and commuter railroads, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials.
The system, which is expected to cost at least $450 million, is a crucial component of a larger program to thwart terrorist attacks on the region’s transportation network, but it has met repeatedly with technical problems and delays. ....Plans for the surveillance system were announced in August 2005, when officials said that they expected to have it up and running in three years. The system, which is being built by the defense contractor Lockheed Martin, is to include at least 1,000 surveillance cameras and 3,000 motion sensors, mostly concentrated at major travel hubs and high-volume stations, like Grand Central Terminal, as well as in tunnels and other areas....
This award represents a $3 million Wright Project grant from the Ohio Department of Development which will be matched by $3.7 million from other sources.
The pathogen detection instrument can quickly detect harmful microbes, such as anthrax or plague and has uses in detecting bioterrorism as well as environmental safety and rapid medical diagnoses. The technology is the result of a collaboration among NEOUCOM and Kent State University researchers who combined their expertise in biomedical sciences and liquid crystals to invent and develop it.
Commercialization of the device will create new jobs and economic development in northeast Ohio.