The Pentagon recently issued a “broad agency announcement,” bypassing traditional operational channels in requesting submissions for proposals for 38 needed systems. The systems include face and voice recognition, sensors, early warning devices, walkthrough screening portals and information integration centers.

Proposals must be submitted by Dec. 23 for products that can be delivered in 12 to 18 months. The products offer wide cost latitude as there is no cap on spending. For full details, visit: and click on “download BAAs,” then open the folder marked BAA#02-Q-4655. Beginning on page eight of the broad agency announcement, the proposal procedure is described. All proposals must be submitted over the Internet through The bids will go directly to the Combating Terrorism Technology Support Office Technical Support Working Group (TSWG).

Submitting organizations must register on the Web site in order to submit a proposal. Submitting organizations should use contract number 02-Q-4655. Questions and inquiries should be directed to [email protected] or to the Procurement Office at (703) 695-7145.

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