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Aerospace & Defense

  • August 6, 2018

    US Begins To Squeeze Iran Following Nuclear Deal Exit

    The Trump administration will reinstate sanctions on Iran’s aircraft, automotive and metals sectors as it completes its exit from the Obama administration’s historic nuclear disarmament deal, vowing to apply “unprecedented” economic pressure on Tehran.

  • August 3, 2018

    DHS Hub To Offer Cybersecurity Boost, But Cos. Still Exposed

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recent decision to open a center dedicated to tackling cyberthreats directed at critical infrastructure is likely to help expand vital communication channels between the public and private sectors, but lingering concerns over liability protections could limit the initiative's ultimate effectiveness, attorneys say.

  • August 3, 2018

    DOJ Sued For Access To Comey’s Private Emails

    An advocacy group has sued to force the U.S. Department of Justice to release the work emails that former FBI Director James Comey and his chief of staff allegedly sent from their personal email accounts.

  • August 3, 2018

    DOD Gets New Leader For Tech Repurposing Office

    The U.S. Department of Defense has named a former NASA and U.S. Air Force official as the new director of its Strategic Capabilities Office, its unit responsible for finding new uses for existing technology, which has recently been in the crosshairs of Congress.

  • August 3, 2018

    GAO Won't Toss $100M Air Force Deal For Bad Registration

    An inaccurate federal contractor database registration by the winning bidder on a nearly $100 million U.S. Air Force cyber support contract wasn’t enough to knock that company out of contention for the deal, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office decision.

  • August 3, 2018

    State Dept. Approves $40.4M In Bomb Sales To Kuwait

    The U.S. State Department has cleared the way for Kuwait to purchase an estimated $40.4 million worth of Mk-series bombs for its combat aircraft fleet, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

  • August 3, 2018

    Tab For Dismantling Nuclear Carrier May Top $1B, GAO Says

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office said the dismantling and disposal of the USS Enterprise, the Navy's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, may cost more than $1 billion and issued recommendations to the Navy on how to improve the process in a published report.

  • August 3, 2018

    Trump Admin. Wants Suit Over Terrorism Report Dropped

    A California federal court should toss a complaint that calls for recalling a recent federal report that allegedly overstates connections between terrorism and practitioners of Islam, as the advocacy group calling for its ouster lacks standing in the matter, the Trump administration said.

  • August 2, 2018

    Judge Trims 'War Dogs' Suit Over 'American Greed' Episode

    CNBC LLC, NBCUniversal Media LLC and the production company behind CNBC’s show “American Greed” had false advertising claims trimmed Thursday from a Delaware federal court suit brought by a company affiliated with a former defense contractor whose life story became the film “War Dogs.”

  • August 2, 2018

    Sens. Unveil Wide-Ranging Russia Sanctions Bill

    A bipartisan group of six senators on Thursday introduced a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia’s energy sector as well as numerous political figures and oligarchs, citing Moscow’s continued attempts to meddle in U.S. elections through cybersecurity breaches.

  • August 2, 2018

    DOD Beats Enviros' Challenge To Japanese Base Relocation

    A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected for the second time environmental groups’ long-running challenge to the U.S. Department of Defense’s proposed replacement base in Okinawa, Japan, saying the DOD had adequately considered the potential effect on the endangered Okinawa dugong.

  • August 2, 2018

    VA Officials Resist Benefits For 'Blue Water' Vietnam Vets

    Senior U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials pushed back against a bill that would restore presumptive access to benefits related to Agent Orange-linked illnesses for "blue water" Navy veterans who served offshore during the Vietnam War, saying there was no scientific basis to support that presumption.

  • August 2, 2018

    Kaspersky Reports Phishing Attacks On Russian Industries

    Cybercriminals have sent phishing emails within the past year to at least 400 industrial companies, mostly in Russia, in attempts to commit financial fraud and steal money, according to researchers from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab.

  • August 2, 2018

    CACI Can’t Toss Ex-Abu Ghraib Detainee From Abuse Suit

    A Virginia federal judge refused Thursday to toss a former detainee at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison from a suit seeking to hold CACI International liable for abuses at the prison, although she did set a high bar for him thanks to the loss of his medical records.

  • August 1, 2018

    Qualcomm Investor Sues Over $117B Broadcom Merger Bust

    A Qualcomm Inc. investor opened a derivative lawsuit against the company and its directors late Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging the tech company’s board made undisclosed and self-interested decisions that scuttled a proposed $117 billion merger with Broadcom Ltd. and cost Qualcomm $8 billion in market value.

  • August 1, 2018

    Raytheon Denied Protest Over Deal Despite Army Mistakes

    The U.S. Army made several mistakes when assessing Raytheon Co.’s $1.36 billion bid for a maintenance contract, but its $100 million price premium over Lockheed Martin Corp.’s bid meant it wouldn’t have won the deal even without those errors, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision released Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    Sens. Propose Bipartisan Bill To Curb Trump’s Tariff Powers

    Two Senate Republicans and a Democrat introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at curbing the authority by which President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum based on concerns over national security.

  • August 1, 2018

    Senate Sends $717B Defense Bill To Trump's Desk

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday easily passed the $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2019, sending to President Donald Trump the massive annual defense bill to be signed into law at the earliest point in more than four decades.

  • August 1, 2018

    Helicopter Co.'s Ex-CEO Must Face Claims Over Bonus Pay

    A helicopter manufacturer and retailer can largely pursue allegations that its former CEO abused his power by paying himself and others large bonuses, causing almost $24 million in losses, a Virginia federal judge has ruled while trimming some claims from the case.

  • August 1, 2018

    3 Cybercrime Group Members Arrested For Hacking 100+ Cos.

    Three top members of an international cybercrime group known as FIN7 have been arrested for a malware campaign that attacked more than 100 American companies, primarily in the restaurant, gaming and hospitality industries, with Chipotle and Arby’s among those that have disclosed breaches connected to the group, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Suddenly, ALJs Become Political Appointees

    Brian Casey

    Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • Congressional Forecast: July

    Layth Elhassani

    While Senate hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will draw much attention during July, Congress remains very busy with fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills. The chambers may go to conference this month on the first of several appropriations "minibuses," says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    Buying Military Innovation: P3s Are Not The Best Approach

    Daniel Schoeni

    Experts debate the best strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense's technological leap forward. Options include public-private partnerships and open systems architecture. Innovation is best served by the latter, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • What To Expect From OTA Protests And Disputes

    Stuart Turner

    Federal agencies are increasingly utilizing "other transactions authority" to craft agreements that are not subject to traditional procurement laws. While there is very little precedent relating to protests of OTA awards or claims arising under OTA-awarded contracts, there are some clues as to how they may unfold, say Stuart Turner and Nathaniel Castellano of Arnold & Porter.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Should Encourage The Bid-Rigging Whistleblower

    Robert Connolly

    There are relatively few government contract collusion whistleblowers. The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division could roll out the whistleblower welcome mat by making a few changes that will not cost the government a nickel. Even if only one new case emerges, the efforts would be worth it, says former federal prosecutor Robert Connolly.