Aerospace & Defense

  • November 21, 2014

    CH2M Fires Off $11M Suit Over Canceled Air Force Contract

    CH2M Hill Constructors Inc. is seeking $10.7 million from the federal government for ending its contract to renovate a U.S. Air Force training center a few months before completion, saying in a Thursday complaint to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the government denied the company's reasonable extension requests.

  • November 21, 2014

    Texas High Court Takes On Suit Over Boeing Lease Disclosure

    The Texas Supreme Court said Friday it will hear arguments in The Boeing Co.'s attempt to keep its lease for part of an abandoned Air Force base under wraps after Texas' attorney general said the terms should be disclosed under the Texas Public Information Act.

  • November 21, 2014

    GAO Urges Congress To Keep Tabs On US Navy Carrier Costs

    Congress should revise legislation placing caps on the costs of two new U.S. Navy aircraft carriers to make the service more accountable for the escalating costs of the program, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report published Thursday.

  • November 21, 2014

    BAE-South Korea Row Offers Rare Look At FMS Failure

    An unusual complaint filed by a BAE Systems PLC unit claiming it doesn’t owe a $43 million bond to the South Korean government after the country backed out of an F-16 upgrade contract with the company shows how the U.S. government’s typically reliable foreign military sales process can go awry, experts say.

  • November 21, 2014

    CACI Lands $182M Naval Sea Logistics Support Contract

    Virginia-based information technology giant CACI International Inc. scored a $182 million contract to provide Naval Sea Systems Command with integrated logistics and acquisition support over the next five years, the company said Thursday.

  • November 20, 2014

    Northrop Nabs $116M Award To Upgrade US Targeting System

    Northrop Grumman Corp. has received a $116 million award under an existing contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to upgrade battlefield target and surveillance technology for the U.S. military, the company said this week.

  • November 20, 2014

    $6B Record Haul For DOJ As FCA Reaches New Heights

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced that it recovered $5.7 billion through False Claims Act litigation in fiscal 2014, a record haul buoyed by exceptionally large penalties against financial institutions as well as continued success policing hospitals, drugmakers and defense contractors.

  • November 20, 2014

    DOD Risks Excessive Reliance On Contractors, GAO Says

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s inability to keep track of its contracted services puts it at risk of becoming overly reliant on contractors for core missions, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report published on Wednesday.

  • November 20, 2014

    DOD Brass Says Tough Trade-Offs Loom For Intel Spending

    The commander of the U.S. Air Force's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs on Thursday called for a dispassionate review of the military's ISR requirements for future spending and allocation decisions, noting the military is facing some tough decisions for the most in-demand technologies.

  • November 20, 2014

    Ex-Air Force Officer Gets 3 Years For $5M Bribery Scheme

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday handed down a three-year prison sentence to retired Air Force officer John Norman Sims for allegedly taking bribes from Air Force contractors in a scheme to defraud the military out of $5.4 million.

  • November 20, 2014

    Boeing Wins $195M Electronics Contract Mod From US Navy

    The Boeing Co. has nabbed a $195 million modification to a U.S. Navy contract to provide airborne electronic attack kits for its EA-18G aircraft, according to a U.S. Department of Defense notice.

  • November 19, 2014

    DOD Pushes $188M Lockheed, Northrup F-16 Greece Sale

    The U.S. Department of Defense has asked Congress to approve a $188 million deal that would allow Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. to upgrade Greece's F-16 aircraft and provide associated equipment, training and support for the planes, the DOD said Tuesday.

  • November 19, 2014

    GAO Sustains 4 Protests Over Air Force NetCents Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office revealed Wednesday that it sustained multiple protests against the U.S. Air Force's Network-Centric Solutions-2 acquisition vehicle after determining the service failed to conduct adequate analyses of the technically acceptable bids it received for the massive procurement.

  • November 19, 2014

    European Defense Cos. Win €1B Fighter Radar Contract

    A consortium of European defense contractors won a €1 billion ($1.3 billion) contract from the governments of the U.K., Germany, Italy and Spain to integrate an advanced electronic radar system onto the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft, the group said on Wednesday.

  • November 19, 2014

    DOJ Tallies $25B In Fiscal 2014

    ​​The U.S. Department of Justice saw payouts of $24.7 billion in fiscal 2014 from its major criminal and civil work, which it said on Wednesday was more than three times the previous fiscal year's total.

  • November 19, 2014

    DOD Watchdog Critiques Lockheed C-5 Contract Oversight

    The Inspector General for the Department of Defense on Tuesday validated four out of six allegations made in a complaint against the C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program, finding the government had delegated its functions to Lockheed Martin and accepted costly nonconforming components.

  • November 19, 2014

    GAO Urges Tighter Reins On Foreign Worker Recruiting Fees

    The U.S. government needs to set clearer policies on the payment of recruitment fees by foreign citizens to work on U.S. government contracts and step up its monitoring of human trafficking abuses the fees can lead to, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report published Tuesday.

  • November 18, 2014

    Restrictions On NSA, FBI Spying Fall Short In Senate

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday fell short of advancing a bill that would have restricted surveillance by the National Security Agency and the FBI while extending key provisions of the Patriot Act until 2017.

  • November 18, 2014

    Kuwaiti Contractor Demands Deposition From DOD

    A Kuwaiti logistics company told a Washington, D.C., federal court on Monday that the U.S. Department of Defense and Defense Logistics Agency were wrong in refusing to grant its deposition requests related to a rival contractor's defamation suit, arguing the information sought is relevant and not privileged.

  • November 18, 2014

    Senate Dems Press DOJ For Info On Cellphone Program

    Two Senate Democrats this week urged the U.S. Department of Justice to reveal the details of a secret program that extracts cellphone users' private information through devices that mimic cellphone towers, according to letters posted on the senators' websites.

Expert Analysis

  • What You Should Know About Using Drones In California

    If you are a drone manufacturer, operator or enthusiast in California, you will want to know what’s going on in your city because, in the absence of federal and state law, city governments have taken notice of drone use and are starting to take action. 2015 will be an interesting year for drone law, says Steven Miller of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Differentiate Your Litigation Practice With Data Security

    Jennifer Topper

    Despite the significant tilt toward technology in how litigation is now conducted, many senior lawyers still delegate tech-related issues to e-discovery specialists or associates at their firms. This is a missed opportunity not just for client development, but also for shaping the way the firm and lawyer are seen in the eyes of corporate counsel, says legal industry business development specialist Jenn Topper.

  • The Print Room: How To Spend Less And Get More

    Senthil Rajakrishnan

    Our estimates indicate that some law firms spend up to $8,000 per attorney each year on print-related costs. Although we live in a digital world, hard copy printing will remain an important part of business for years to come. Changing technology, however, offers opportunities to improve efficiencies and save money, say Senthil Rajakrishnan and Ryan Mittman of HBR Consulting LLC.

  • NTSB Ruling Strengthens FAA's Authority Over Drones

    Brian Smith

    The National Transportation Safety Board ruled Tuesday that individuals who operate drones are subject to Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Although limited to the “careless and reckless” rule, the Huerta v. Pirker decision provides the legal underpinning for the FAA to pursue broader drone regulations, say Brian Smith and Stephen Kiehl of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Dewey Partner Clawback Ruling May Hurt New York Law Firms

    Evan C. Hollander

    Unless the recent ruling in the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP bankruptcy case is overturned on appeal or the New York Legislature amends the state’s fraudulent transfer and partnership laws, partners of New York firms will bear greater risk if their firms fail than will members of many non-New York partnerships. This risk factor might even affect decisions by prospective lateral partners about which firms to join, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • FAA Drone Guidance Doesn't Advance Congress’ Mandate

    Thomas Gemmell

    While often promoted as a panacea, the Federal Aviation Administration's recent guidelines for petitioning for commercial drone use may in effect run counter to Congress’ mandate that the FAA accelerate integration of such systems into the national airspace system before completion of the integration plan and rulemaking, says Thomas Gemmell of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • CLOs: Fight Fraud With Better Analytics

    An emerging use of data analytics still atypical of corporate legal departments is "enterprise fraud and misuse management." From unearthing fraud and waste among employees to gauging Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, a strong EFM program can absolutely affect a company’s bottom line. Gregory Swinehart of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP explains how chief legal officers can adapt.

  • 5 Best Practices For Responding To Federal OIG Subpoenas

    Justin Chiarodo

    In 2013 alone, federal agency inspector general offices boasted $14 billion in investigative recoveries and receivables. Government contractors should pay close attention to OIGs’ powers and goals, and be prepared for OIG subpoenas, say Justin Chiarodo and Adam Proujansky of Dickstein Shapiro LLP and Brian Miller, a managing director at Navigant Consulting Inc. and former inspector general for the U.S. General Services Administration.

  • How Trade Secrets Law Protects Contractor Proposal Info

    Douglas Proxmire

    The key for a government contractor suing a former employee for misappropriation of proposal information is demonstrating that its proposal constitutes a compilation of information within the context of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act's definition of — and the courts' interpretations of — trade secret, say Douglas Proxmire and Elizabeth Buehler of Venable LLP.

  • Navigating Inbound Chinese Investment Through The CFIUS

    Peter Thomas

    The growth of Chinese investment in the United States has been controversial, which is reflected in the scrutiny from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. But as shown by a number of recent deals, including the Smithfield-Shuanghui, Nexen-CNOOC and IBM-Lenovo transactions, parties have successfully navigated the CFIUS review process by adopting proactive and transparent approaches, say attorneys with Simpson Th... (continued)