Aerospace & Defense

  • October 24, 2014

    Northrop Nabs $207M US Navy Radar Contract Mod

    A Northrop Grumman Corp. unit has won a $207 million contract modification to provide four next-generation radar systems to the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday.

  • October 23, 2014

    $62M FCA Suit Against Northrop Grumman Mostly Survives

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday refused to toss most of an ex-employee's $62 million False Claims Act suit accusing Northrop Grumman Corp. of defrauding the U.S. over a program designed to create technology protecting commercial aircraft from shoulder-fired missiles, finding plausible allegations that Northrop had lied.

  • October 23, 2014

    College Student Gets 2 Years For Hacking Navy, Others

    An Illinois college student was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in federal prison for hacking into more than 50 public and private organizations, including the U.S. Navy, Kawasaki Motors Corp. and Harvard University, according to a U.S. attorney’s office.

  • October 23, 2014

    Orbital Sciences Sues Partner For Fraud In NASA Subcontract

    Orbital Sciences Corp. has sued a subcontractor on its NASA launch contract for fraudulently using another company's proprietary information to win subcontract work and for holding key pieces of equipment “hostage” to prevent Orbital from cutting it off from future work.

  • October 23, 2014

    SG Backs KBR, Halliburton Tipster On Wartime FCA Limits

    The federal government on Tuesday threw its support behind a whistleblower accusing KBR Inc. and Halliburton Co. of defrauding the government, telling the U.S. Supreme Court that the statute of limitations is extended for civil False Claims Act cases over wartime contracts.

  • October 23, 2014

    Raytheon Reveals Planned $400M Defense Firm Acquisition

    Defense giant Raytheon Co. intends to acquire an unspecified private defense company in a deal worth around $400 million, it said Thursday as it unveiled its third-quarter financial results, while announcing improved contract bookings that it said made it optimistic regarding the next several years.

  • October 23, 2014

    FAA Official Calls On Congress For New Space Authority

    A Federal Aviation Administration official on Wednesday called for Congress to give the agency additional authority to regulate and monitor satellites orbiting in space, saying the regulatory framework needs to keep up with the influx of new technology and investment in the space and satellite industry. 

  • October 23, 2014

    Bechtel Unit Wins $820M Navy Nuclear Component Contracts

    A Bechtel Corp. unit has nabbed a new contract and a modification of a previous contract worth a combined $820 million to produce nuclear propulsion components for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday.

  • October 23, 2014

    Scientists Can't Shake $10M Gov't Contract Fraud Charges

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss an indictment against two scientists charged with fraudulently obtaining $10 million in government research grants through wire fraud and identity theft, saying there was no prosecutorial misconduct in the handling of the case.

  • October 22, 2014

    Blackwater Verdict May Dampen Allure Of Overseas Contracts

    A Washington, D.C., federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards guilty of murder and manslaughter stemming from a 2007 shooting in Baghdad's Nisour Square, a first-of-its kind verdict that experts say could cause government contractors and their employees to think twice about controversial security contracts.

  • October 22, 2014

    $6.8B NASA Contract Gets Green Light Despite GAO Protest

    A federal judge on Tuesday allowed NASA to move forward with a $6.8 billion space transport contract awarded to SpaceX and Boeing Co., letting the agency take the unusual step of overriding the automatic stay that is triggered by protests at the Government Accountability Office.

  • October 22, 2014

    Northrop Grumman, CSC Win $71M In DOD Software Contracts

    Computer Sciences Corp. and a unit of defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp. have been awarded software support contracts to provide services for various U.S. Department of Defense technology and communication programs, worth up to a combined $71.4 million, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

  • October 22, 2014

    DOD Seeks OK For General Dynamics' $600M Iraq Ammo Deal

    The U.S. Department of Defense has asked Congress to approve a $600 million deal to allow a General Dynamics Corp. unit to provide M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition and related equipment to Iraq.

  • October 22, 2014

    Northrop Protests USAF Radar Contract Award To Raytheon

    Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. on Tuesday protested the award of a $19.5 million U.S. Air Force contract for the initial phase of a new, long-range radar program, after losing out on the contract to a Raytheon Co. unit earlier this month.

  • October 22, 2014

    Blackwater Guards Found Guilty In Iraq Shooting Case

    Three former Blackwater Worldwide security guards were convicted Wednesday of manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and weapons charges while a fourth colleague was found guilty of first-degree murder stemming from their involvement in a September 2007 shooting that left 14 dead in a Baghdad traffic circle.

  • October 21, 2014

    SAIC Spinoff Co. Pays $1.5M To End Long-Running FCA Case

    Leidos Holdings Inc. on Monday agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a 10-year-old False Claims Act case over conflicts of interest in its work for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ending a case that contributed to its spinoff from Science Applications International Corp. in 2012.

  • October 21, 2014

    Blackwater Jury Closes In On Manslaughter Conviction

    Jurors in the long-running murder and manslaughter trial against four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards suggested to a D.C. federal judge on Tuesday that they're closing in on a verdict on some charges, including a guilty voluntary manslaughter verdict, but they may be deadlocked on other counts.

  • October 21, 2014

    DOE Whistleblower Investigation Snared By Privilege Dispute

    The Department of Energy's inspector general has said the agency cannot adequately investigate claims of whistleblower retaliation against a Bechtel National subcontract employee who voiced safety concerns about the Hanford nuclear waste treatment plan, saying claims of attorney-client privilege limited its access to relevant documents. 

  • October 21, 2014

    KBR, Whistleblower Trade Blows Over Privileged Docs

    KBR Inc. and a whistleblower who has accused it of defrauding the Pentagon through Iraq War subcontract overbilling and a kickback scheme continued a long-running battle over production of purportedly privileged documents, lodging competing filings in D.C. federal court Monday over the requested production.

  • October 21, 2014

    Snowden Vetter May Lose $210M Contract After GAO Ruling

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office sided with a bid protester Monday, saying U.S. Investigations Services LLC — which did the background check on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden — might not be responsible enough to take on a $210 million immigration support contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Expert Analysis

  • Why You Should Start Thinking About Upcoming Drone Regs

    William O'Connor

    Companies and trade associations interested in obtaining the benefits of small unmanned aircraft systems should start formulating plans now to help shape the Federal Aviation Administration's much-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking — likely to issue in mid-December — and the regulations that will come out of it. They need not wait for the notice, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • New Jurisdictional Issues When Moving To Quash A Subpoena

    Steven Luxton

    The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Offset Deals Can Pose High FCPA Risks For Defense Industry

    Howard Weissman

    Based on almost 30 years of experience in the defense industry, I do not believe that offset transactions are inherently or frequently corrupt. But with a potentially high Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance risk, these projects require thorough risk-based due diligence on the parties involved in them, says Howard Weissman, of counsel with Baker & McKenzie LLP and former associate general counsel at Lockheed Martin Corp.

  • A Large Loophole In The Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

    Bryan King

    As shown by recent Small Business Administration decisions, the current SBA regulations generally prevent the filing of an ostensible subcontractor size protest at the task order level, creating a situation where a large business could possibly take advantage, says Bryan King of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

  • What Litigators Can Learn From Novelists

    Michael H. Rubin

    Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

  • A Look At DOD's Proposed Changes To FOIA Program

    Donald Carney

    The U.S. Department of Defense's proposed rule updating its policies and procedures implementing the Freedom of Information Act is a positive development in terms of clarifying how the DOD will apply the exemption for records that contain the trade secrets and confidential commercial or financial information of a private party, say Donald Carney and Richard Oehler of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • A Possible Disagreement Between GAO And Fed. Claims Court

    Tammy Hopkins

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims agree that exchanges that permit an offeror to modify its proposal amount to discussions. But the two forums do not appear to be aligned on how to decide whether exchanges in “the context of informational infirmities in proposals” amount to discussions or clarifications, say Ken Weckstein and Tammy Hopkins of Brown Rudnick LLP.

  • Information Governance: A Missed Opportunity For Lawyers

    Ann Snyder

    Today, information intersects every practice area, making all lawyers effectively information governance practitioners in one way or another. The issue is whether you will consciously embrace this emerging discipline — and capitalize on it to the benefit of your clients and your practice, says Ann Snyder of the Information Governance Initiative.

  • Foreign Direct Investment Vs. National Security Risk

    Philip Thompson

    The number of voluntary notices filed with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. continues to increase significantly. The benefits of seeking voluntarily CFIUS approval for covered cross-border transactions far outweigh the risks, and recent cases have underscored the merits of advance strategic planning, say Philip Thompson and Robert Crowe of Nelson Mullins & Scarborough LLP.

  • 4th Circ. Sets High Court FCA Agenda For 2014-15 Term

    Ryan Hassanein

    In the last year, the U.S. Supreme Court has received no fewer than five petitions seeking review of Fourth Circuit decisions in False Claims Act cases. A review of the Fourth Circuit’s recent FCA decisions thus provides a peek inside six important FCA issues that the Supreme Court has recently thought about, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.