Aerospace & Defense

  • February 20, 2018

    DOD Focus On ‘Other Transactions’ Shows Big Year Ahead

    After many years of being ignored as a pathway for bringing commercial technology vendors aboard, Other Transaction Authority has gained traction thanks to recent statutory changes and a renewed focus from the U.S. Department of Defense, making 2018 potentially the biggest year yet for the DOD’s use of it.

  • February 20, 2018

    Ex-Skadden Atty Pleads Guilty To Lying In Mueller Probe

    A former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyer pled guilty Tuesday to lying to officials in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

  • February 20, 2018

    Huntington Ingalls Nabs $1.4B Navy Ship Contract

    Huntington Ingalls Industries has landed a $1.43 billion contract for the construction of its 13th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, which will be used to transport Marines, along with their equipment and supplies, the company announced Friday.

  • February 20, 2018

    Vectrus Nabs $108M Army Dining Facility Services Contract

    Vectrus Systems Corp. said Tuesday it has been awarded a five-year, $108 million U.S. Army contract to supply and operate dining facilities at several American military bases in Kuwait.

  • February 20, 2018

    Akerman Adds 3 Ex-Gardere Attys In Dallas

    Akerman LLP has expanded its government affairs and public policy team in Texas with the addition of three former Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP international trade attorneys to its Dallas office, the firm announced Monday.

  • February 20, 2018

    Akin Gump Secures Asylum For US Military Interpreter

    Afghan native Abdul Samey Honaryar should not have spent a year detained in the custody of the same government he served as a war zone translator, his Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorneys told Law360.

  • February 16, 2018

    Safran Gets Attys' Fees After Beating FCA Allegations

    A California federal judge on Thursday awarded attorneys’ fees to French security contractor Safran after determining that two theories that served as part of a set of False Claims Act allegations by former company employees were “clearly frivolous.”

  • February 16, 2018

    Spy Court Suggests Lawmakers Ask DOJ For FISA Case Info

    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer told senior Republican lawmakers Thursday that the court was still analyzing their “novel” requests for documents related to allegations that the U.S. Department of Justice misled the FISC to surveil a Trump campaign adviser, suggesting instead that they go to the DOJ directly.

  • February 16, 2018

    Senate Approves New DOJ National Security Chief, DOD Noms

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed a Boeing Co. attorney to lead the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, alongside several U.S. Department of Defense nominees, including a former NASA chief for the new position of undersecretary for research and engineering, part of a shakeup to the DOD's acquisition office.

  • February 16, 2018

    Can Courts Handle The Increased FOIA Strain Under Trump?

    U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton found himself in a difficult position last month, caught between the obligation for a speedy government response to a Freedom of Information Act request and the strain federal agencies and courts are under as FOIA litigation surges under the Trump administration.

  • February 16, 2018

    Syrian Family Pulls Unlawful Travel Ban Application Claims

    A U.S. citizen who claimed she was wrongfully kept from reuniting with her Syrian sister and other relatives after the Trump administration’s travel ban was allegedly applied to them withdrew the case she had filed in District of Columbia federal court Thursday.

  • February 16, 2018

    Womble Bond Snags 3 Pepper Hamilton Gov't Contracts Attys

    Womble Bond Dickinson LLP has added three attorneys from Pepper Hamilton LLP who have worked together throughout their careers and have experience in-house at General Dynamics and Micron Technology to its government contracts team.

  • February 16, 2018

    Guantanamo Trial Halted After 'Revolution' By Defense

    A judge overseeing the military commission prosecuting the alleged mastermind of the deadly USS Cole bombing has halted the case, citing his ongoing frustration with defense attorneys who are allegedly rebelling against the military commission system.

  • February 16, 2018

    Commerce Calls For Sweeping Steel, Aluminum Import Curbs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce said Friday that a surge of imported aluminum and steel is threatening U.S. national security and recommended a range of tariffs and import caps for the president to impose to address that threat.

  • February 16, 2018

    Mueller Charges 13 Russians With US Election Tampering

    Thirteen Russian nationals and three organizations were charged on Friday with crimes related to interference in U.S. politics, including attempts to influence U.S. voters in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced.

  • February 15, 2018

    Commerce IDs Russian Entities It Says Meddled In Crimea

    The Commerce Department has added 21 entities to its list of those it deems to have undermined Ukraine’s sovereignty following Russia’s 2014 annexation of the European country’s Crimea region, according to a notice set to publish Friday in the Federal Register.

  • February 15, 2018

    ITC Says Delta's Bombardier Order Didn't Harm Boeing

    Several weeks after the U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously ruled that Bombardier’s C Series commercial jets — though unfairly subsidized and sold at below-market prices — were not threatening U.S. producer Boeing, it issued an opinion Wednesday saying Boeing wasn’t harmed when Delta ordered Canadian planes from Bombardier.

  • February 15, 2018

    DynCorp Still Hasn't Returned $5.1M Aircraft, Suit Says

    DynCorp International LLC removed to Florida federal court Thursday a lawsuit accusing the government contractor of owing more than $5 million under a lease for a turboprop airplane.

  • February 15, 2018

    Judge Says DOJ Refusal To Admit It Had Dossier A 'Hard Sell'

    The declassification of a congressional memo regarding a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for a former Trump campaign adviser creates a “hard sell” for the government to avoid confirming, as sought by digital media company BuzzFeed, possession of a dossier containing salacious allegations on Donald Trump, a D.C. federal judge said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Agencies Better At Cybersecurity Than Vendors, Study Says

    Cybersecurity at contractors is lagging behind that of federal agencies, security ratings firm BitSight said in a report Thursday, a day after a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official revealed DHS had launched an initiative for agencies to study cybersecurity throughout their supply chains.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Government Contracting Trends To Watch This Year

    Joseph Berger

    Recent developments point to continued high total spending on government contracts, which will improve national defense, disaster relief and domestic infrastructure, presenting opportunities and challenges for both agencies and contractors, says Joseph Berger of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Autonomous Drones: Set To Fly, But May Not Comply

    Sara Baxenberg

    A California company has unveiled a fully autonomous "selfie" drone, which promises to stay trained on a moving subject, capturing footage while avoiding any obstacles. But a drone that flies itself may run afoul of a number of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, even if it has fancy obstacle detection and personal tracking, say Sara Baxenberg and Joshua Turner of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • CFIUS Scrutiny Of Foreign Acquisitions Intensifies

    John Barker

    The environment for foreign investment in the United States is shifting. Most recently, the Chinese acquisition of MoneyGram was derailed after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States rejected proposals offered to try to mitigate national security concerns. At the same time, U.S. legislation to enhance CFIUS controls seems to be gaining momentum, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • Emerging Trends In FCA Enforcement: 2018 Outlook

    Vince Farhat

    Two new policies from the U.S. Department of Justice, along with ongoing developments concerning the elements of scienter and materiality stemming from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Escobar, have the potential to significantly change the landscape of False Claims Act enforcement in the year ahead, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Movements Without Motion In Russian Sanctions Policy

    Fatema Merchant

    Current sanctions appear not to deter Russian bad behavior. And the much anticipated oligarchs list appears to have been cribbed from someone else’s homework. Taking the two together, one begins to suspect that the Trump administration, without a further push from Congress or world events, will continue to resist ratcheting up Russia sanctions, say members of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. To Decide Future Of Commercial Item Contracting

    Nathaniel Castellano

    If the Federal Circuit affirms in Palantir, it could breathe a new life into the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act’s requirements to favor nondevelopmental approaches. But such a rejuvenation of FASA may prove to be a double-edged sword, say Nathaniel Castellano and Charles Blanchard of Arnold & Porter.