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Government Security News July 2016 Digital Edition

Government Security News, founded in 2001 shortly after 9/11, is a news and feature publication covering Homeland Security and Defense. It is read by government executives in federal, state, county, municipal agencies as well as technology vendors and service personnel in Law Enforcement, Airport and Aviation Security, Border Security and Immigration, Maritime and Port Security, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Counter-Terrorism, IT and Cybersecurity and all other branches of Government and the Military. In addition to its daily, weekly and monthly publications and newsletters, Government Security News also operates two awards programs that are well-respected in the U.S. and Internationally.


Perimeter Protection/Intrusion Detection Block MEMS Wins $9.8M Government Contract for Standoff Detection of Chemical Threats MARLBOROUGH, MA, July 6, 2016 – Block MEMS, a leading developer of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) based infrared detection systems, has been awarded a $9.8M contract from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop a system that can detect trace quantities of chemicals at standoff distances of at least 100 ft. The award is part of IARPA’s Standoff Illuminator for Measuring Absorbance and Reflectance Infrared Light Signatures (SILMARILS) program and is managed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Dr. Anish Goyal, Block’s VP of Technology and Principal Investigator of the contract, commented, “Standoff detection of trace chemicals, such as explosive residues, chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial materials, is a critical unmet need within the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. There are also many commercial applications for sensitive, standoff chemical detection. Block’s QCL technology combined with advanced data analytics makes it possible to meet the challenging performance goals of the SILMAR- ILS Program.” Under this contract, Block will develop a new class of widely tunable, high-pulse energy Quantum Cascade Lasers and also next-generation detection algorithms to detect and identify hundreds of chemicals on a wide range of surfaces. Block has previously been successful in demonstrating standoff chemical detection capability under several prior government programs and this award will significantly advance the technology for use in real-world situations. Dr. Petros Kotidis, CEO of Block, added, “Block is very pleased to receive this award and grateful to IARPA for their confidence in our 40 technologies and products. Block has strong capabilities in developing sophisticated standoff chemical detectors and deep, decades-long understanding of infrared spectroscopy. We really look forward to expanding the operating envelope of our chemical detection systems through this award and providing more tools to the intelligence community and to the warfighter.” About Block MEMS LLC Block MEMS, LLC is an engineering and development company focusing on the R&D of high performance Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) and FTIR spectrometers. Block MEMS has been awarded numerous government contracts over the past decade for the application of its technologies toward the detection of explosives, buried IEDs, chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial materials and chemical clouds. Both standoff and sampling systems have been developed and delivered to the government for additional testing and evaluation. For example, Block’s PORTHOS (TM) is a man-portable, passive FTIR spectrometer system that remotely detects chemical threats as far as three miles away and protects against chemical warfare agents and weapons of mass destruction. LaserWarn (TM) is More on page 45

Implant Sciences announces letter of intent to acquire Zapata Industries, plan to extinguish debt and uplist to NASDAQ Zapata’s breakthrough disruptive technology makes personal flight a commercial reality - the dawn of an exciting new industry WILMINGTON, MA, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) solutions for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) applications, is pleased to announce the signing of a letter of intent to acquire Zapata Industries SAS of Marseilles, France. Zapata is a profitable and debt-free company with commercial, defense, and homeland security technology applications. Zapata Industries (www. is the undisputed leader in developing and manufacturing single user hydro-and jet-powered technologies and products. Zapata’s proprietary methodology, algorithms, and patented designs are currently commercialized and in development within recreation, entertainment, military, medical, and industrial sectors. In 2016 Zapata achieved its proof of concept milestone by producing the safest, most reliable, lightest, fastest, and least expensive personal flight system ever created with the unveiling of the Flyboard Air®. The Flyboard Air® utilizes Zapata Industries’ proprietary algorithms and balance methodology to direct jet engines to act both independently and harmoniously. This unique technology not only provides unparalleled maneuverability speed and ease of use but it also provides full flight redundancy, making the platform as safe as any airplane with as little as 20 hours of training. Zapata Industries can commercialize its breakthrough technology with products ranging from flying medical stretchers and Jetbikes to floating rescue stations, scaffoldings and unmanned heavy payload 41 delivery drones. The performance parameters of the Flyboard Air® provide undisputed proof that Zapata technology is commercially viable for advanced applications within the military, industrial, and medical fields. Aviation Experts see this revolutionary transportation platform as meaningfully disruptive to the air transportation industry. Early industry reaction to the Flyboard Air®, has been overwhelming and the Flyboard Air® has become an internet sensation. Digital Trends, April 14, 2016, calls it “awesome beyond words … we see no limit to the future of a device like the Flyboard Air, including search and rescue, military applications and of course, the best way to get to just about anywhere.” ( See the following video, Zapata Industries — The Leader in Personal Flight & Aviation: https://youtu. be/_A0sdkZ4Vlk Implant Sciences continues to