Aerospace & Defense

  • February 15, 2018

    PlanetRisk Gets Up To $79M Cybersecurity Contract From DHS

    Risk analytics company PlanetRisk has secured an up to $79 million contract to provide program management support over the next five years for a U.S. Department of Homeland Security office tasked with ensuring the cybersecurity of the federal government, the company said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    EU Bank Seeks Pause In $1.68B Beirut Terror Victim Redress

    A Luxembourg bank has asked the Second Circuit to hold off on allowing families of victims of the 1983 Beirut U.S. Marine Corps barracks bombing to pursue $1.68 billion linked to Iran’s central bank, saying it wants time to appeal the court’s panel decision to the Supreme Court.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • February 14, 2018

    State Dept. Revises Arms Regs For South Sudan

    The U.S. Department of State is amending federal regulations governing the trafficking of arms to include South Sudan as a country where the export and import of weaponry is prohibited, according to a notice Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • February 14, 2018

    GAO Backs BAE Protest Over $281M Army Intel Support Deal

    The U.S. Army unreasonably awarded a $281.7 million intelligence support deal to CACI, whose personnel plan failed to fully describe the experience of its intended workers, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Wednesday, sustaining a protest by BAE Systems.

  • February 14, 2018

    Feds Want 11-Year Sentence For Armored Truck Fraudster

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday urged a Virginia federal judge to sentence the CEO of a now-defunct military contractor to more than 11 years in prison for providing faulty armored trucks under federal contracts, arguing the tough sentence is warranted since the fraud endangered lives of American soldiers.

  • February 14, 2018

    Army Electronic Warfare Unit Head Gets Nom To Lead NSA

    President Donald Trump has nominated the head of the U.S. Army’s electronic warfare unit to lead the National Security Agency, as well as the U.S. Cyber Command, according to a Tuesday tweet by the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator.

  • February 14, 2018

    VA Watchdog Slams Shulkin's Eurotrip, Secretary Hits Back

    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin misused department resources as part of a trip to Europe, with his chief of staff also doctoring an email to get the VA to pay for his wife’s travel, a watchdog said Wednesday, as Shulkin denied wrongdoing.

  • February 14, 2018

    Afghan Contractor Nears Settlement In $78M Forfeiture Row

    A defense subcontractor accused of fraudulently winning thousands of military contracts in Afghanistan is nearing an agreement to settle a $77.9 million forfeiture claim with the federal government, representatives for the parties told a D.C. federal judge Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    EU Clears Northrop's $9.2B Acquisition Of Orbital

    The European Commission has cleared Northrop Grumman Corp.’s bid to acquire defense technology services company Orbital ATK Inc. for $7.8 billion in cash and $1.4 billion in debt, saying the proposed deal raises no competition concerns because the companies are involved in different product markets.

  • February 13, 2018

    Kaspersky Opens New Front In Legal Fight With White House

    Moscow-based antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab has launched a new salvo in its legal battle with the White House, this time claiming in D.C. federal court that U.S. Department of Defense legislation banning its products from government systems unconstitutionally singles it out.

  • February 13, 2018

    Rolls-Royce Should Win FCA Suit Toss, Atty DQ: Magistrate

    Rolls-Royce shouldn’t have to face a False Claims Act suit over allegedly billing the U.S. Air Force for uncertified parts, according to a Texas magistrate’s report Tuesday that found the whistleblower was repeating claims from an old suit and that he was represented by an ex-Rolls attorney.

  • February 13, 2018

    NATO Chief Says Allies Bumped Up Defense Spending

    The majority of NATO members are on track to reach an alliance-wide goal for military spending within the next few years, with about a quarter of them already meeting that target, NATO's chief said Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2018

    Senate Panel Grills OMB's Mulvaney On Trump Budget

    Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended the Trump administration's 10-year spending plan Tuesday, as senators on both sides of the aisle questioned the budget proposal for federal spending.

  • February 13, 2018

    Ga. Investment Manager Stole $1.2M From Fund, SEC Says

    A Georgia man who allegedly convinced investors to give him $2.4 million to design a submarine and invest in a national security-related business was accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday of stealing half the money and making up a loan to cover it up.

  • February 13, 2018

    Lawmakers Caution Trump On Steel Trade Restrictions

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday told members of Congress he is still considering whether to impose restrictions on steel and aluminum imports that may be threatening U.S. national security, but lawmakers repeatedly warned him against sweeping action that may anger crucial trading partners.

  • February 13, 2018

    'No Doubt' Russia Will Meddle In Midterms, Spy Chief Says

    America’s spy chief on Tuesday warned that Russia would target the 2018 midterm elections with its continuing online propaganda campaign, in a U.S. Senate hearing where intelligence bosses listed cybersecurity as the country’s top defense concern.

  • February 13, 2018

    Navy Ship Goal Still Decades Away Under New Plan

    The U.S. Navy intends to quickly grow its fleet over the next few years, but the service's goal of a 355-ship fleet is still likely decades away from being fulfilled, according to a shipbuilding plan issued Monday.

  • February 13, 2018

    What Hospitals Need To Know Before Forming A Drug Co.

    A group of hospital systems recently decided to address rising prices and shortages of generic medications by forming a nonprofit drug company, but industry attorneys warn that land mines like unfamiliar regulations and fraud concerns could trip the members up as they execute this novel plan.

  • February 13, 2018

    Va. Cos. Secure $200M Geospatial Info Contract From DOD

    Virginia-based defense contractors Leidos and General Dynamics One Source have landed a $200 million contract to work on the U.S. Army’s geospatial information requirements, standards and related systems, one of several contract awards the U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Aviation Update: Was 2017 Really The Safest Year Ever?

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    While improved procedures and automated systems have contributed to excellent airline safety in recent years, tragedies can still result from pilots’ failure to understand the limitations of those systems, as well as from poor crew resource management, demanding flying conditions and operational and maintenance issues at low-cost carriers, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Problematic Aspects Of DOD Commercial Item Rule

    Angela Styles

    Curiously, in implementing the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act commercial item provisions, the final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Defense last week ignores updated and conflicting commercial item provisions in the 2017 and 2018 NDAAs and creates layers of bureaucracy and cost for contractors and contracting officers, say Angela Styles and Josh Freda of Bracewell LLP.

  • Power, Corruption And Lies: How Juries Are Responding

    Melissa Gomez

    The American public increasingly perceives that powerful people and institutions use their authority in selfish ways. And in the courtroom, jurors are homing in on where the power lies in a case story, and how that power is used. Those of us in litigation must heed the messages jurors are sending, says Melissa Gomez of MMG Jury Consulting LLC.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • Exploring Interplay Between PTAB And Claims Court: Part 3

    Matthew Rizzolo

    Two hot topics in intellectual property law — the pending Oil States case, and the applicability of sovereign immunity before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board — have possible implications for patent litigation in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, say Matthew Rizzolo and Ryan Brunner of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Interpreting Treasury's Report On Russian Oligarchs

    Mario Mancuso

    The recent report by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on senior foreign political figures and oligarchs in the Russian Federation is not a "sanctions list." Yet the prospect remains that parties identified in the report could become targets of sanctions or other restrictions — and transactions with such parties could also become subject to closer scrutiny, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Highlights From DOD Acquisition Panel's 1st Report

    Stuart Turner

    In 2016, Congress instructed the U.S. Department of Defense to convene a panel of procurement professionals to review the regulations governing DOD procurements. The first volume of the panel's report, weighing in at nearly 650 pages, has a lot to offer, and in places proceeds well beyond the limited remit of "amendment or repeal" of existing regulations, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Don't Let PFAS Leave A Mark On Your Business Transaction

    Alexandra Farmer

    Growing regulatory and litigation focus on per- and poly-fluorinated alkylated substances, combined with pressure to streamline due diligence, poses a challenge for environmental transactional lawyers tasked with review of industries and properties currently or previously involved in the manufacture, distribution or sale of PFAS or products containing PFAS, say Alexandra Farmer and Laura Mulherin of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.