hacking for defense

Sloan Assists BSU/Special Forces Collaboration

Mark Johnson, KTVB 10:52 PM. MST February 19, 2017 – Special forces in the U.S. military are in need of a tool – One that can help them detect how many people are inside a building before they enter. If the development of this innovative technology is successful, it could save lives and help the military better fight the war on terror.

Building that tool is now in the works by a team of five graduate students at Boise State University’s Venture College.

“How do you protect the good guys and get rid of the bad guys?” asked Venture College Director Ed Zimmer.

That’s where the Boise State’s best and brightest come in.

They are a group of five select graduate students with backgrounds in computer science, design, and math, who are tasked with coming up with a high-tech device that could be worn on body armor or drone-deployed that would give teams in combat situations the ability to know who and what’s inside a building.

“This is an attempt to save human life,”  Said Marine Lt. Col. (ret.) Brian Von Herbulis.

Boise State is one of six universities around the country given a military technology problem to solve by the Department of Defense.

Students found out about the project – called Hacking for Defense – last October and are working to complete it by the end of the spring semester.

The speed at which they’re moving is one of the reasons Congress approved funding, knowing that it could take years for the infamously slow-moving Pentagon to complete the project. By that time, the technology would be obsolete, said combat veteran Von Herbulis, who was a deployed to the Middle East on three separate occasions.

Von Herbulis, like Boise security expert Brice Sloan, is volunteering his time as a mentor and consultant for the team, giving them guidance that only someone who has been in actual special ops missions can.

“You can’t put a price on something like that and it really makes a difference,” team member Ben Rozeboom said of their experienced mentors.

Zimmer, a former CEO at a Boise design/manufacturing firm, is leading the program for Boise State that will earn the students three credit hours.  The class credit means very little to Boise’s Corey Hennen, who says the project is about making a difference for soldiers in the theater of war.

“It means a ton,” Hennen said. “We really are trying to save lives, reduce casualties in drone strikes, raids, all the above. I lost a personal family friend, a detective, in a raid, and yeah, those things hit home. Being able to help people, that’s what we’re doing.”

A weekly video conference with a program manager at the DoD’s Central Command in Tampa takes places on campus at the College of Innovation and Design.

Please note that all images and text are from Channel 7/KTVB Boise.  

Sloan 25 Year Company Celebration

Sloan Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Sloan Security Group is pleased to celebrate its 25th Anniversary as a company. Starting out as a forestry company and later becoming a fencing company, Sloan has become one of the preeminent specialty security contractors in the United States.  With security projects this year in Africa, Europe and the United States, Sloan has become the contractor of choice to design, build and maintain critical perimeter security infrastructure.

SSG President Greg Sloan emphasized the important role that team has played for Sloan in bringing a diverse group of people to solve important security issues.

Some of the key milestones for Sloan on this journey included:

  • Securing Mountain Home AFB, Idaho (2000 – 2004)
  • Missile Defense Program Fort Greely, AK (2004 – 2007)
  • Security Border Initiative (SBInet) (2006)
  • Border Fencing (Naco and Douglas, AZ, El Paso, TX) (2007 – present)
  • Securing McCarron Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada (2006-2007)
  • Las Alamos (2010 –  present)
  • GSA Building, Hawaii (2012)
  • San Diego Federal Courthouse (2013-2014)
  • Radar-based Animal Detection (2014 – present)
  • United States Embassy Oslo (2014-2016)
  • United States Embassy Nouakchott (2016)

Sloan wishes to thank everyone that has been a part of this journey and look forward to many for years of service.

North Idaho Animal Detection Projects Receives Attention

After more than three years of work and 41,000 images of animals crossing the road, a doppler animal detection system that Sloan developed in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, Idaho Transportation Department and the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative (particularly the Kootenai Tribe) is beginning to receive recognition.   The system is getting recognition for not only saving lives, but also the behavioral patterns that it is identifying that will help build safer roads.


In this 150m detection zone,  580 ungulates (deer/elk) crossed the road in July 2016.  This consisted of 356 crossings identified by Sloan.  Since the evaluation period began in October – only 1 animal had been struck from a previous average of 13.

Marcel Houjser from Western Traffic Institute and Montana State presented a paper at Montana State in August with preliminary positive results from his investigation into the effectiveness of the system.  This presentation was sponsored by the Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC).  

In addition, unlike many of our projects, we welcome the media attention from KREM Spokane, Washington.  This attention will hopefully help this issue of animal – vehicle collisions get the attention it deserves.

Nationally and locally, wildlife collisions are a costly problem. They kill about 200 people each year in the United States and cause more than $1 billion in property damage, according to the National Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Reduction Study.

KREM Television Story Link

Early article on the system 

Sloan Completes Factory Training Certification

After many years of working with Delta Scientific to install their barriers, Sloan is pleased to announce that it has completed ongoing factory certification training.  Sloan has been certified since 2008, but periodically renews its training.  Delta is the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally.  Sloan is a leading design-build contractor for critical perimeter security systems.

Sloan in Japan

Cameron, Emilee, and Craig in Japan
Cameron, Emilee, and Craig in Japan

The Sloan project management team visited Japan for Koei barrier training. Sloan was recently selected as the first US-based installer of this best of class barrier system.  Koei had been specified for an US Embassy project.  We are very pleased with this new partnership.

Founder Ed Sloan comes out of retirement

Ed OSU Distinguished Engineer AwardWe are very pleased to announce that Founder Ed Sloan has come out of retirement to become SSG’s Sr. Project Manager.  Ed was recently inducted into Oregon State’s Academy of Distinguished Civil Engineers and will manage projects out of the Santa Clara office.

New Office in Santa Clara

May 12, 2106 Very pleased to announce our new Santa Clara regional office at 2971 Mead Ave., Santa Clara, California 95051. This office will provide regional support for our California projects.