United States Marine Corps Selects Med-Eng EOD 10 Bomb Suit to Protect the Lives of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialists

Med-Eng, a brand of The Safariland Group, announced today a $10.2M delivery order added to a 2017 contract awarded by the United States Air Force for EOD® 10 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) suits and helmets. This particular delivery order is for the U.S. Marine Corps with all deliveries being made to their bases across the U.S.

This selection by the Marine Corps completes acceptance by multiple branches of the United States military, including the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Army, of the most current        Med-Eng bomb suit ensembles to protect EOD teams for years to come. Earlier in 2019, the Army also selected a unique variation of the EOD 10 suit architecture from Med-Eng, as its second generation Advanced Bomb Suit (ABS II).

The Air Force increased its Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract previously awarded to Med-Eng in March 2017 from $11M to $26.5M to allow the Marine Corps to utilize its contract vehicle already procuring EOD 10 ensembles for the Air Force. 

“The joint effort between the Air Force and the Marine Corps shows the collaboration across the Department of Defense and the trust and confidence they have in Med-Eng equipment,” said Rob Reynolds, General Manager of Med-Eng. “Overall, it is very encouraging to see how widely the EOD 10 has been adopted and successfully deployed by military, federal and public safety teams across the nation and in 45 countries worldwide.”

The suit and helmet ensembles will be made using the skilled workforce at the Med-Eng production facility in Ogdensburg, New York.  Using the Lean manufacturing process, this facility operates under a registered ISO:9001 Quality Management System and is fully compliant with the manufacturing requirements of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standard 0117.01 for public safety bomb suits. It has been making blast protective suits for the military, as well as federal and public safety agencies, for more than 10 years.

Brad Williams, president of The Safariland Group, commented, “This is a significant contract win that will bring direct economic benefits to northern New York, including increased employment. Combined with other recent contract awards, we have a very strong basis for expanding our Ogdensburg facility to meet the steady demand for our protective equipment.”

“This is an important milestone in the history of providing personal protection to American EOD operators,” added Reynolds. “A new generation of Med-Eng bomb suits will be entrusted to protect all U.S. military EOD operators against explosive threats, including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).”

Rigaku Analytical Devices, Inc. and DetectaChem, Inc. Have Completed Testing of Their Integrated Trace and Bulk Explosive Detection Solution in Partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Rigaku and DetectaChem chemical identification technologies are integrated into a single handheld solution to deliver advanced automated trace and bulk explosive detection and chemical analysis capabilities.

Rigaku Analytical Devices, Inc. a leader in handheld and portable Raman analyzers, together with DetectaChem, Inc., with its innovative advanced automated colorimetric solutions, announce the demonstration of their new integrated next-generation alarm resolution and chemical analysis solution with TSA at the following facilities:

  1. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  2. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  3. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  4. TSA Transportation Security Operations Center

“Rigaku and DetectaChem have joined forces to integrate, in a single device, two high-performance threat detection, and identification technologies,” said Bree Allen, President of Rigaku Analytical Devices.

“Our work with TSA’s Innovation Task Force allowed us the opportunity to deliver both advanced next-generation automated colorimetrics and Raman spectroscopy to transportation security operations in a single, high-performance integrated and automated solution,” said DetectaChem’s CEO, Travis Kisner.

Rigaku and DetectaChem’s integrated solution, like other Innovation Task Force demonstrations, provided airport stakeholders, TSA officers, and industry with valuable user feedback and operational experience to support the development of cutting-edge and robust detection capabilities to address new and emerging security threats.

More information about this integrated detection device from Rigaku is available at www.rigaku.com/QuickDetect

More information about detection technology from DetectaChem is available at https://detectachem.com/applications/explosive-detection

New Paper released by ASPR TRACIE: Mass Casualty Trauma Triage Paradigms and Pitfalls

The Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) has released a new paper entitled Mass Casualty Trauma Triage Paradigms and Pitfalls. 

The focus of this paper is to alert EMS medical directors and EMS systems planners, and hospital emergency planners to key differences between “conventional” mass casualty incidents and mass violence events when: the scene is dynamic; the number of patients far exceeds usual resources, and usual triage and treatment paradigms may fail or be insufficient. 

The paper is free and can be accessed here

DHS S&T Announces $35M Funding Opportunity for New Center of Excellence in Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today $35 million in funding opportunities for a new DHS Center of Excellence (COE) for Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research (TPCR). Accredited United States colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals as the center lead or as an individual partner to work with the lead institution in support of the center’s activities.

“By partnering with universities, S&T delivers practical results by developing multidisciplinary, customer-driven solutions while training the next generation of homeland security experts,” said William Bryan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “Once awarded, this COE will leverage emerging technologies and analytic techniques to provide innovative solutions for preventing and countering terrorism.”

This funding opportunity is posted at http://www.grants.gov/. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 6, 2019.  DHS plans to fund this new COE through a cooperative agreement for 10 years for a total of approximately $35 million.

The TPCR COE will research and develop solutions to support DHS counterterrorism operations. This includes solutions that help prevent terror attacks by countering the radicalization of people and their mobilization to violence. TPCR will also educate a skilled workforce trained in the latest methods to identify and protect the nation from terrorist threats.  

The rapidly-evolving, diverse terrorist threat continually exploits technological advances to adapt the nature and expand the reach of its tactics. TPCR will support academic-led innovation that supports DHS in staying a step ahead of emerging terrorist tactics.

DHS is soliciting proposals from multi-disciplinary research and education teams that will work closely with DHS and other subject-matter experts to develop successful innovations to confront the future counterterrorism challenges DHS faces. The teams will need various combinations of academic disciplines, including engineering, data analytics, and mathematics.

The DHS COEs are university consortia that work closely with DHS operating components to research, develop, and transition mission-relevant science and technology, and to educate the next generation of homeland security technical experts. TPCR will be required to engage with DHS operational components and fully understand the operational environment to help better identify technical and training gaps. Each DHS COE is led by a U.S. college or university and has multiple partners from universities, commercial industry, DHS, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, and other federal, state, and local agencies.

The notice of funding opportunities for the Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research COE Lead Institution and Partner Institution are available at grants.gov. S&T will conduct an informational webinar for interested applicants on August 6, 2019 at 3 p.m. EDT. During the call, DHS will discuss the notice of funding opportunity and provide an opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions. The webinar can be accessed at https://share.dhs.gov/rwo6kbeg53be/; it will be recorded and posted on www.grants.gov for future reference.

For additional information about the DHS COEs, visit DHS Centers of Excellence.

DroneShield releases DroneGun MKIII

DroneShield Ltd is pleased to release a breakthrough new product, DroneGun MKIII, following extensive development in response to end-user feedback. The product is available for purchase from today to qualified end-users, where lawful.

DroneGun MKIII is a portable pistol-shape drone jammer, weighing under 2kg. The Company believes this product is peerless globally, for its combination of size and effectiveness. 

DroneGun MKIII is designed to be an alternate rather than a replacing product for its highly successful DroneGun TacticalTM unit, having a shorter effective range of 500m versus 1-2km for DroneGun TacticalTM.
DroneGun MKIII can also be used in combination with other DroneShield products, including the RfPatrolTM body-worn detection device and the DroneSentinel stationary multi-sensor detection system.
Product overview can be found here.


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