Aerospace & Defense

  • December 9, 2016

    After Miner Benefit Feud, Gov’t Funding Passes Congress

    A bill extending funding for the federal government passed in Congress shortly before the previous funding bill would have run out at midnight Friday, overcoming Democrats' objections that an extension of miners' benefits was too short.

  • December 9, 2016

    Oversight Reps Probe DOD's Withdrawn $125B Waste Report

    House Oversight Committee members demanded answers Thursday from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on media reports that the Pentagon commissioned a report looking to cut costs but buried the findings over fears the identified $125 billion in savings would be taken out of future budget requests.

  • December 9, 2016

    Obama Orders Review On Russian Activity In 2016 Election

    President Barack Obama has directed intelligence officials to conduct a full review into Russian involvement in the November election as top members of Congress intensify calls for the White House to share what has already been gathered about Russian intrusion, according to news reports on Friday.

  • December 9, 2016

    NLRB Orders 2nd Union Vote After Voter List Snafu

    A National Labor Relations Board majority on Thursday ordered a second union representation election at a federal contractor’s army depot since a voter list wasn’t properly provided by the employer to an AFL-CIO affiliate, while a dissenting board member said the union’s election loss should stand because the technical mistake had no bearing on the outcome.

  • December 9, 2016

    FCC Told To Tread Carefully With New Emergency Alert Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission should be careful about any new burdens imposed by changes to the rules for the Emergency Alert System, the American Cable Association has said, asking the FCC to give smaller providers more flexibility in complying so that decisions will make sense for the communities they serve.

  • December 9, 2016

    Co. Says Lockheed's Promise Of F-35 Work Was $7.6M Fraud

    A former Lockheed Martin Corp. subcontractor accused the defense giant of fraud in a $7.6 million Texas federal court lawsuit Wednesday alleging Lockheed promised millions of dollars in work on the F-35 to meet small business participation requirements only to abandon the contract.

  • December 9, 2016

    Leidos Lands $350M Air Force Engineering Contract

    Leidos Inc. has secured a $350 million U.S. Air Force contract involving engineering integration and foreign military sales to several countries, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday.

  • December 8, 2016

    NASA Launches Idea To Award High-Performing Contractors

    NASA on Thursday unveiled a proposed rule aimed at incentivizing contractors by tacking on additional periods of performance to a contract, providing that certain conditions are met, including “superior” work from the contractor and an ongoing need from the government.

  • December 8, 2016

    House Passes Gov’t Funding Bill With Uncertain Senate Fate

    The House of Representatives passed a measure to keep the federal government running into the first several months of President-elect Donald Trump’s term Thursday, sending the bill to the Senate a day before funding runs out.

  • December 8, 2016

    Enviros Ask Judge To Halt VA Cemetery On Old-Growth Forest

    Environmental organizations challenged plans by the Department of Veteran Affairs on Wednesday to add national cemetery space in Indianapolis by cutting down rare, old-growth forest, in a complaint filed in Indiana federal court.

  • December 8, 2016

    FCA Decision Tracker: Continued Interpretations Of Escobar

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster decision in Universal Health Services v. Escobar has shifted the False Claims Act landscape, including a range of interpretable words and phrases that have triggered debate in briefs and in the courtroom. Here, in the second of our ongoing reports, Law360 explores how courts have interpreted the ruling.

  • December 8, 2016

    Congress Passes $619B Defense Policy, Reform Bill

    Congress has sent a series of major defense reforms to the president’s desk following a Senate vote to pass a $619 billion National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, with changes to Pentagon bureaucracy, acquisitions and funding.

  • December 8, 2016

    Korea's F-16 Contract Beef Is With US, Not BAE, Judge Says

    A Maryland federal judge threw out South Korean government claims Wednesday accusing BAE Systems Inc. of not keeping pricing promises for an F-16 fleet upgrade project, concluding the nature of the deal through the U.S. government prevents contract breach claims against the company doing the work.

  • December 8, 2016

    GAO Denies Protest Of $444M Air Force IT Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has rejected a bid dispute from a government contractor that claimed the Air Force unfairly rejected efficiencies in its proposal for a $444 million information technology support contract, pushing its cost estimates for the project to uncompetitive levels, according to a decision made public on Wednesday.

  • December 7, 2016

    Trump Taps Oklahoma AG Pruitt To Lead EPA

    President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indicating that the agency will veer from the Obama administration’s climate change-focused agenda and work on assisting the growth of the domestic energy industry.

  • December 7, 2016

    NSA Properly Rejected Co. From $800M Contract, GAO Says

    The National Security Agency was right to reject a bidder from an up to $800 million, multiple-company support project, the Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Tuesday, concluding the challenger improperly used the word “subcontractor" when it was supposed to use "teammates."

  • December 7, 2016

    Trump Transition Watch: Gen. Kelly Emerges As DHS Pick

    President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked Gen. John Kelly to be the next secretary of homeland security, making him the third general chosen for a top post in the new administration, while elsewhere Trump indicated that he would “work something out” regarding young immigrants known as Dreamers.

  • December 7, 2016

    Defense Authorization Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

    After passing the House last week, the Senate voted to end debate on the $619 billion National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday, which would enact widespread reforms to defense acquisitions, in addition to increasing defense spending overall.

  • December 7, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Navy Analyst's Termination Suit

    A former civilian analyst who lost his security clearance and his job after bringing his own gun to a reserve officer shift lost his appeal on Wednesday when a Federal Circuit panel issued a precedential ruling that found a review board didn’t have authority to consider claims related to the clearance revocation.

  • December 7, 2016

    Halliburton Moves To Duck Navy Licensee Patent Suit

    Halliburton Co. on Tuesday asked a Montana federal judge to toss a patent infringement suit brought by the exclusive licensee for the U.S. Navy's Blue Rose fiber-optic sensor technology, arguing that the licensee's complaint is too vague regarding the purported infringements.

Expert Analysis

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • Lawyer EQ: Finding Success In Every Interaction

    Judith Gordon

    American legal education relies almost exclusively on analytical thinking. But success in legal practice depends in large part upon an accurate emotional understanding of oneself and the human seated opposite us. Honing emotional intelligence skills can lead to greater success, and Judith Gordon of LeaderEsQ offers a few tools that can be implemented immediately to raise one’s emotional intelligence quotient.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Antitrust Concerns In Defense Transactions Under Trump

    Jon B. Dubrow

    President-elect Donald Trump's call for an increase in defense spending generally bodes well for the aerospace and defense industry and potentially signals a new era of growth for companies in this space. Jon Dubrow and Ryan Leske of McDermott Will & Emery LLP examine how merger and acquisition transactions are likely to be reviewed in a Trump administration.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Fallout From DOD Stance On Waste, Fraud And Abuse Tips

    Dismas Locaria

    The U.S. Department of Defense recently issued a class deviation to the Federal Acquisition Regulation that bars the awarding of contracts to contractors that prohibit their employees from reporting waste, fraud and abuse to federal officials. The new rule could increase contractor liability and create tricky situations with respect to business-sensitive or trade secret information, say Dismas Locaria and Melanie Jones Totman of Venable LLP.

  • In Congress: The End Game

    Richard Hertling

    Republican leaders appear determined to wrap up a week early to allow more time at the start of the 115th Congress in January 2017 for consideration of resolutions of disapproval of “midnight” regulations issued by the outgoing Obama administration under the Congressional Review Act, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Defense IR&D Policy Shift Is Unnecessary, Counterproductive

    Tom Lemmer

    The proposed U.S. Department of Defense policy change regarding independent research and development is particularly shortsighted, in an era of declining budgets and a continuing desire to maintain technological superiority, because it likely will create disincentives for technology developers to innovate, and ultimately will increase DOD acquisition costs, say Thomas Lemmer and Gale Monahan of Dentons.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Potential Increased CFIUS Scrutiny Under Trump

    Stephen Paul Mahinka

    There are several mechanisms available to the new Trump administration that could alter the scope and approach of reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or even reopen previously cleared foreign investment transactions. The CFIUS could also expand its reviews to areas beyond national security, such as food safety and labor and employment, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.