* Input, a Reston provider of government market intelligence, said the federal budget for first responders to attacks and disasters may decrease for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, to $3.6 billion in fiscal 2005 from $3.8 billion this year. Input's report says administrative red tape and a focus on well-planned, integrated solutions across jurisdictions has slowed funding to first responders. Input also predicted the market for state and local homeland security initiatives will grow slowly but steadily to $2.5 billion in fiscal 2009. Input predicted the majority of the funds would be spent on specialized technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and cyber-security.
* BearingPoint, a McLean consulting company, announced an alliance with Texas Instruments, a Dallas electronic components manufacturer, to market radio frequency identification (RFID) products and services to customers in manufacturing, retail, life sciences, financial services and government. BearingPoint will provide services in consulting, systems integration, assessment, proof-of-concept, test management and program management. Texas Instruments will provide its suite of RFID products as well as competencies in semiconductors, microelectronics engineering and RFID equipment manufacturing.
* BAE Systems North America, a Rockville defense contractor, will acquire Alphatech, a Burlington, Mass., image and signal processing company, for $88.4 million. Alphatech employs 322 people and had $51 million of revenue during 2003. BAE says the acquisition will expand the company's capabilities in signal and image processing, intelligence fusion and information-based national security systems for the network-centric warfare requirements of national security and intelligence agencies. The merger is expected to close during the fourth quarter.
* NII Holdings, a Reston telecommunications company serving Latin American markets, said investor Nextel Communications will sell about 6.2 million of its shares in a secondary public offering. Bear, Stearns & Co. is the underwriter. NII, which had about 69.7 million shares outstanding at the end of its second quarter, said it would not receive any proceeds from the offering. Shares of NII closed at $40.55, down $1.72, or 4 percent. Shares of Nextel closed at $23.43, up 50 cents, or 2 percent.
* TNS, a Reston data communications company, completed an offering of 5.25 million common shares at $20 per share. The company sold 1,084,744 shares and selling stockholders sold 4,165,256 shares.
Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers and the Associated Press.