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Aerospace & Defense

  • April 9, 2012

    DOD's Contractor Inventory Falls Short Again, GAO Finds

    The U.S. Department of Defense needs to boost accountability for its inventory of contracted services and avoid using contractors for jobs that are best performed by government employees, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported Friday.

  • April 9, 2012

    Veterans Groups Win Bid For Docs In CIA Experiment Case

    A California federal judge on Friday demanded government agencies produce hundreds of previously withheld documents concerning CIA experiments that allegedly exposed current and former military members to chemical and biological agents.

  • April 6, 2012

    Raytheon Defeats DCAA's $25M Pension Costs Case

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge last month shielded Raytheon Co. from the Defense Contract Audit Agency's demand for $25 million in allegedly overbilled contractor pension costs, ruling that a rarely-used statute of limitations had lapsed between an initial DCAA audit and a second audit performed five years later.

  • April 6, 2012

    Air Force Wrong To Disqualify HP From Contract, Judge Says

    A federal judge on Thursday reversed a U.S. Air Force information technology contract award, saying losing contractor Hewlett-Packard Co. was improperly held to a higher standard due to the military’s confusion about rules relating to HP’s eligibility.

  • April 6, 2012

    Feds Won't Drop Daimler Foreign Bribery Charges Yet

    Federal officials have not ruled out prosecuting Daimler AG for allegedly bribing foreign officials to secure government contracts, claims the German automaker previously agreed to settle in 2010 for $185 million, according to a filing Wednesday in Washington federal court.

  • April 5, 2012

    Contractor Design Leaked In Border Surveillance Procurement

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security accidentally leaked proprietary technical data about a contractor-designed surveillance tower while soliciting contracts for video surveillance on the U.S.-Mexico border, but said Thursday that the release had been contained and would not affect contractor competition.

  • April 5, 2012

    State Dept.'s $1B Solicitation For Drones Draws 64 Bidders

    The U.S. Department of State's plan to spend up to $1 billion to deploy unmanned surveillance drones in Iraq and other countries drew interest from 64 companies as of Thursday, including top dronemaker General Atomics and military contractors General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin Corp.

  • April 4, 2012

    Aerospace Co.'s Damages In Trade Secrets Row Slashed To $5M

    In a bittersweet victory for ICE Corp., a Kansas federal judge slashed from $9.6 million to $5 million a punitive damages award in a suit alleging two companies misappropriated the aerospace electronics company's trade secrets after an agreement to make an airplane de-icing system fell apart.

  • April 4, 2012

    10th Circ. Nixes Claims That EMC Sold Faulty Products To US

    Two whistleblowers who worked at EMC Corp. failed Wednesday to persuade the Tenth Circuit to revive their lawsuit claiming the company knowingly sold defective data storage products to the federal government and caused "catastrophic" hardware failures at the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • April 4, 2012

    Internal Report Shows KBR Knew Of Toxin Risk, Soldiers Say

    Oregon National Guard soldiers asked a federal judge on Wednesday to sanction military contractor KBR Inc. after discovering a previously undisclosed internal report revealing the extent of the company's knowledge of sodium dichromate contamination at an Iraqi water plant.

  • April 4, 2012

    Toyobo Pays $6M To Settle Body Armor Defect Suit

    A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed fraud claims against Toyobo Co. Ltd. after it paid $6 million to settle a suit filed by First Choice Armor & Equipment Inc., which alleged Toyobo fraudulently sold defective fibers used to make bulletproof vests.

  • April 4, 2012

    Navy Sued After Yanking $35M Contract From Supplier

    Electronics company Superior Electric Holding Group LLC on Monday sued the U.S. Navy in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for allegedly overstepping its authority when it withdrew a $35 million contract award for ship power components following a bid protest.

  • April 4, 2012

    Viasystems Buys DDI For $268M To Grow Defense Business

    Viasystems Group Inc., a maker of printed circuit boards used in computers, cars and cellphones, will buy smaller rival DDI Corp. for $268 million in cash to expand its North American manufacturing base and grow its market share in the military and aerospace sectors, the company said Wednesday.

  • April 3, 2012

    DC Circ. Defers To USPS In PenAir Contract Dispute

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday overturned a ruling that the U.S. Postal Service properly awarded a mail delivery contract to Alaska's Peninsula Airways Inc., saying the dispute hinged on "hopelessly" ambiguous statutory language that the Postal Service needed to clarify.

  • April 3, 2012

    Metal Importer Agrees To Pay $6M In DOD Flare Case

    A metal importer agreed to pay $6.2 million in restitution and pled guilty Monday to one count in an indictment claiming he flouted a 305 percent anti-dumping duty on Chinese magnesium powder that was allegedly used by U.S. military contractors to make illegal aircraft flares.

  • April 2, 2012

    Pentagon's F-35 Cost Reaches $1.5T Amid Deep Budget Cuts

    The U.S. Department of Defense said Friday that the overbudget F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is now expected to cost a total of $1.5 trillion, in a report that features cost revisions for 95 major weapons contracts, including many that are set to be canceled or scaled back.

  • April 2, 2012

    'Late' Bid For DIA Contract Was On Time, Judge Rules

    A federal claims court judge has reinstated a bid proposal for intelligence analysis support services, ruling in a decision released Monday that the Defense Intelligence Agency improperly excluded it for tardiness when security guards held up the arrival of the contractor's courier.

  • March 30, 2012

    US Seeks WTO Compliance Panel In Airbus Subsidies Feud

    The United States said Friday that it seeks the formation of a World Trade Organization compliance panel over the European Union's failure to end illegal subsidies to airplane manufacturer Airbus, a move that could eventually lead to the imposition of billions in European trade sanctions.

  • March 29, 2012

    Lockheed Settles Subcontractor Suit Over $9M Price Change

    Lockheed Martin Corp. has settled a suit brought by subcontractor Triumph Aerostructures LLC alleging the defense giant refused to fairly negotiate a $9 million price adjustment on a fighter jet contract, according to papers filed Thursday in Texas federal court.

  • March 29, 2012

    DOD Lowers Threshold To Trigger Contract Peer Reviews

    The U.S. Department of Defense unveiled a final rule on Thursday that lowered the monetary threshold required to trigger the peer review of noncompetitive procurements from $1 billion to $500 million.