posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 12:45 PM
Being an employee of DHS/TSA I can perhaps shed some light on the procurment order and its purpose. The explosives, as indicated by a previous poster,
is training material. Now I say that with about 90% certainty, having attended several BAO (Bomb Apprasial Officer) training sessions. While analogs
have their uses in training, they are not always the best material to use, and when dealing with explosives nothing beats the real stuff.
Now, as for the ammunition and riot gear I can also give a fair explanation as to their use. Within the past year a vast number of Airports have had
large firearm safes installed. Some are in plain view, some are not. I have personally seen the contents of one. The safes contain, at least the one I
saw, two shotguns and at least one high powered rifle along with two handguns. There also seemed to be one or two vests - most likely bullet proof.
So, after looking at the procurment document there is nothing really sinister about the items, the amount of ammunition is a bit excessive; however,
the ammunition may also be earmarked for training. I say training because there are some airports that do not employ local law enforcement officers
but have DHS law enforcement officers. As with regular law enforcement officers they most likely have to participate in regular training, which would
include firearms training/practice and qualifications.