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L-3 Wins Swedish Coastwatch Deal

L-3 WESCAM is a world leader in the design and manufacture of stabilized, multi-spectral airborne imaging systems, while L-3 Integrated Systems is an SEI CMM Level 5 developer and integrator of complex electronic systems for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions.

The team, led by Canada's Field Aviation, will provide three Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 aircraft, the same as those used by the Australian Coastguard, equipped with a mission system designed by L-3 IS that integrates critical mission sensors for border security. The aircraft will replace three CASA 212 aircraft currently in use. The contract calls for delivery of all three aircraft to the Swedish Coast Guard in 2007.

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GE Buys Into Cargo Security Market

More than 90 percent of all goods moved internationally are carried in containers, and around 8 million freight containers arrive at U.S. ports each year. The GE solution will establish a global mechanism for in-transit freight container security for all classes of cargo, without impeding the movement of international trade.

“The future of global commerce depends on the ability of the shipping industry and government agencies to improve [JR1][JR1]cargo security while facilitating the efficient flow of goods,” said Greg Burge, President of Networked Services for GE’s Security business. “As one of the world’s leading shippers and container lessors, GE has a significant stake in developing and deploying a safe, reliable and cost-effective global solution.”

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Private Contractors Back

According to Blank, the TSA might let airports that hire their own screeners to employ them for tasks unrelated to security during off-peak hours. The importance of this is that is would make more economic sense for airports that have heavy morning and evening traffic with lulls in between. Meanwhile, subcommittee chairman Trent Lott, R-Miss., has told congress that while the TSA had done a good job, private companies would be more efficient and less expensive. The TSA was put together after 9-11 and up till now has employed and trained around 55,000 security screeners for airports across the U.S. These screeners have long been criticised as too expensive and no better than the private operators of the past. Studies (that have themselves been criticised) have shown that the private contractors are as effective as TSA screeners.

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