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Homeland Security flooded with antiterror tech plans

The Homeland Security Department has received more than 3,300 responses to last month’s solicitation of a wide array of innovative counterterrorism technologies, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Monday. “There are several million dollars available to the private sector,” Ridge said during the first meeting of the department’s 18-member Homeland Security Advisory Council. “What we’re looking for right now is some off-the-shelf technologies that we may use in a variety of different venues.” The department had set a June 13 deadline for one-page technology proposals, including for contamination detectors, data-management applications and satellite communications tools. Homeland security officials now are evaluating those proposals, according to Charles McQueary, the department’s undersecretary for science and technology. McQueary said his division has received an additional 500-plus unsolicited proposals through e-mail. Full Story

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