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Aerospace & Defense

  • August 8, 2018

    Former Military Boot Co. CEO Gets Prison For False Labels

    The former CEO of defunct military boot supplier Wellco Enterprises has been sentenced to nearly three and a half years in prison for his role in a scheme to sell the U.S. Department of Defense Chinese-made boots that were falsely labeled as American-made, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Chinese Telecom Co. Slams FCC National Security 'Blacklist'

    Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has slammed the Telecommunications Industry Association for supporting a proposed Federal Communications Commission rule that would ban the use of an $8.5 billion fund to buy products or services from companies that pose a threat to U.S. security.

  • August 8, 2018

    FCC Told New Small Satellite Rules Could Create Space Junk

    SpaceX, researchers and space launch and satellite companies have told the Federal Communications Commission that they generally support plans to streamline the license requirements for small satellites capable of beaming broadband signal back to Earth, but also cautioned that untested satellites could create an orbiting pile of space junk.

  • August 8, 2018

    Ex-Holland & Knight Partner Joins Intelligence Agency As GC

    A former Holland & Knight LLP partner has been sworn in as the top attorney for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, bringing to the post years of experience in counterterrorism work, government procurement and regulatory compliance.

  • August 7, 2018

    Air Force Narrows Light Attack Aircraft To Two Choices

    The U.S. Air Force said Monday it has effectively narrowed down its choice for a light attack aircraft to either a joint Sierra Nevada-Embraer or Textron model after completing its experimental testing, with a contract award expected next year.

  • August 7, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Advent, Alibaba, HNA

    Advent International is reportedly making moves to sell Genoa Healthcare, Alibaba plans to ramp up its rivalry with Meitang Dianping by merging a pair of food delivery units, and HNA Group is in negotiations to sell a roughly 30 percent stake in Avolon Holdings.

  • August 7, 2018

    Oracle Protests Pentagon's $10B JEDI Cloud Contract

    Oracle Corp. protested the U.S. Department of Defense’s pending $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract, saying the DOD’s single-award structure for the deal goes against industry standards and that the department failed to meet legal requirements for a sole-vendor contract.

  • August 7, 2018

    Feds Fight DynCorp's Bid For Docs In $200M FCA Suit

    The government urged a D.C. federal court to reject DynCorp International LLC’s “overly broad” document requests in $200 million False Claims Act litigation accusing the contractor of overbilling in connection with a State Department contract for security in Iraq.

  • August 7, 2018

    Fewer Gov't Contractors Suspended, Debarred In 2017

    Suspensions and debarments involving federal contractors decreased “modestly” from 2016 to 2017, with the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Housing and Urban Development carrying out the most related actions, the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee said in its latest annual report.

  • August 7, 2018

    5 Ways CFIUS Will Change With New Law

    A bill aimed at overhauling the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is close to becoming a law, meaning vast changes are on the horizon for the interagency committee and its process for examining foreign direct investment for national security threats. Here, Law360 outlines five ways the proposed legislation would alter CFIUS.

  • August 7, 2018

    EU To Shield Finance Sector From New US Sanctions On Iran

    The European Union has pledged to help financial services companies continue trading with Iran after rules designed to allow a wider range of European firms to bypass reimposed U.S. sanctions entered into force on Tuesday.

  • August 6, 2018

    EU Asks WTO To Verify It Has Withdrawn Airbus Subsidies

    The European Union told the World Trade Organization on Friday that it has taken steps to comply with a panel ruling that faulted its subsidies to Airbus, urging the panel to rule that it has fully withdrawn government support in the aircraft sector.

  • August 6, 2018

    DOD Bans Geolocation Devices For Deployed Troops

    The U.S. Department of Defense will ban the use of all geolocation apps and devices for DOD personnel in operational areas, such as fitness trackers, amid concerns about security risks for both personnel and operations, it announced Monday.

  • August 6, 2018

    GAO Says More Info Needed On Southern Border Wall's Cost

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection needs to provide additional information regarding construction costs for a wall at the United States’ southwest border, as the agency's analysis does not account for how topography, land ownership and other factors will affect its ultimate price tag, a report released Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office said.

  • August 6, 2018

    Trump Cut From Transgender Military Ban Suit Against Gov't

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Monday cut President Donald Trump from a suit challenging his administration’s policy banning many transgender people from military service in order to avoid “unnecessary constitutional confrontations,” but refused to dismiss the suit outright, saying a change to the policy had not eliminated the basis for the challenge.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Acetris Case Clarifies Definition Of 'US-Made End Product'

    Stephen Ruscus

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims' decision in Acetris Health v. U.S. is important to all suppliers of products to the government because it interprets the interplay of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act in contracts subject to the trade agreements clause, say Stephen Ruscus and Donna Lee Yesner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • The Russian Exorcism Of US Gov't Contracts

    Franklin Turner

    Next week, the Federal Acquisition Regulation will be amended, and federal contractors will have until Oct. 1, 2018, to tie their information systems to the bedposts, get out their cybersecurity holy water, avoid long staircases, and exorcise Kaspersky products and services from their systems, say Franklin Turner and Alexander Major of McCarter & English LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.