DoD Seeks Lie Detector for Counterterrorist Screening

The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD (AT&L)) and Combating Terrorism Technology Support Office, Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) are soliciting proposals for a lie detection technology for screening travelers. The following is an excerpt from a TSWG Broad Agency Announcement dated 23 October 2001 (BAA#02-Q-4655):

R-111 Ports of Entry Passenger Screening Aid

Develop a deception detection device for use with counterterrorism based structured interviews for passengers of the various modes of transportation. The system should apply known relationships between electrodermal activity and the detection of deception in a polygraph to a portable device. Consideration will be given to alternate approaches and sensors. Emphasis should be placed on processing time.

Unfortunately, there are no “known relationships between electrodermal activity and the detection of deception in a polygraph.” Proposals are due no later than 1600 hrs EST on 23 December 2001.

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