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Aerospace & Defense

  • June 1, 2011

    New Federal Rule Strengthens Green Acquisition Practices

    An interim rule issued by the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. General Services Administration and NASA on Tuesday would spur federal agencies to ensure that 95 percent of new contract actions contain requirements for green and sustainable products, with some exceptions.

  • June 1, 2011

    Calif. Man Admits Plot To Send Missile Parts To Iran

    An Iranian man living in California pled guilty in Illinois federal court Wednesday to trying to export missile components and radio test sets from the U.S. to his home country.

  • June 1, 2011

    Food Service Cos. Lose DOD Contract Protest

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has shot down a protest by a pair of military contractors over the terms of a solicitation for food distribution services, according to a ruling made public Wednesday.

  • June 1, 2011

    Va. Woman Gets 15 Months For Iraq Bribery Scheme

    The owner of Global Procurement Inc. was sentenced in Virgina on Tuesday to 15 months in prison for bribing service members to obtain lucrative contracts for military projects in Iraq.

  • May 31, 2011

    Pentagon, Others Adopt Rule On Tax Haven Contractors

    The U.S. Department of Defense, General Services Administration and NASA adopted a final rule Tuesday banning the award of contracts to companies that have incorporated in foreign countries to avoid U.S. taxes, making some changes to an interim rule.

  • May 31, 2011

    Military Software Maker Tries To Block Ex-VP's New Co.

    Military aircraft software developer ForceX Inc. on Tuesday asked a Virginia federal court for a preliminary injunction in its trade secrets suit against an executive who allegedly quit and started a direct competitor in violation of a noncompete pact.

  • May 31, 2011

    Army Base Enviro Analysis Violates ESA, Judge Says

    An Arizona federal judge ruled Friday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it granted a clean bill of health to a U.S. Army base that allegedly threatened a portion of the San Pedro River.

  • May 27, 2011

    ATK Protests Loss Of $850M Ammunition Plant Contract

    Alliant Techsystems Inc. filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office last week, challenging its loss of an $850 million U.S. Army contract to run an ammunition plant in Virginia.

  • May 27, 2011

    House Passes $690 Defense Bill Over Veto Threats

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $690 billion defense spending bill for fiscal year 2012, defying the White House’s threats to veto the measure over provisions to revive a General Electric Co. fighter-jet engine program.

  • May 27, 2011

    Ford, Others Stamp Out $25M Asbestos Suit

    A Los Angeles jury sided with Ford Motor Co. and two others in an asbestos suit seeking more than $25 million, finding the trio's products were not substantially to blame for the plaintiff's mesothelioma, Ford's attorneys said Friday.

  • May 27, 2011

    Timken To Buy Philadelphia Gear For $200M

    Auto parts maker Timken Co. announced a $200 million deal on Friday to acquire Philadelphia Gear Corp., extending the company’s reach in the industrial services market.

  • May 27, 2011

    Cargo Co. Board Member Dropped From Bid-Rigging Suit

    The U.S. government and three relators agreed Thursday to drop claims against a Gosselin Worldwide Moving NV board member in a Virginia bid-rigging action accusing German and Belgian freight companies of defrauding the Pentagon.

  • May 26, 2011

    NASA Seeks Anchor Tenancy Contracts For Space Goods

    NASA issued a rule proposal Wednesday to allow the agency to award anchor tenancy contracts for commercial space goods and services, amending federal regulations to fix what the agency said was an incorrect prohibition on such contracts.

  • May 25, 2011

    Air Force Escapes Contractor Protest Over In-Sourcing

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ruled Tuesday that Hallmark-Phoenix 3 LLC lacked standing to challenge an Air Force decision to use its own civilian employees to supply vehicle operations and maintenance services previously performed by the contractor.

  • May 25, 2011

    FAA Needs Controls To Stop Contract Overpayment: Report

    The Federal Aviation Administration should beef up internal controls to prevent it from overpaying for noncompetitive government contracts, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s inspector general said last week in an audit report.

  • May 25, 2011

    L-3, US Lay Down Swords In Air Force Bid Protest

    L-3 Communications Integrated Systems LP and the U.S. on Tuesday voluntarily dismissed a suit claiming the U.S. Air Force's former top procurement official — who admitted violating conflict of interest laws — arbitrarily awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.

  • May 25, 2011

    White House Won't Back Alternate Jet Engine Program

    The Obama administration on Tuesday threatened to veto the next fiscal year’s defense spending bill over a provision that supports efforts by General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce PLC to build an alternate engine for the military’s F-35 fighter jets.

  • May 24, 2011

    ManTech Renews Stay Bid In $16M DeCA Contract Suit

    ManTech Advanced Systems International Inc. on Monday urged an Ohio federal judge to reconsider a magistrate judge's refusal to stay discovery in a suit accusing it of lying to win a $16 million contract from the Defense Commissary Agency.

  • May 24, 2011

    US Moves Toward Alternative-Fueled Federal Fleet

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday directed federal agencies to aim toward purchasing only alternative-fuel vehicles by 2015, as the government bought its first 116 electric vehicles, including the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Think City.

  • May 24, 2011

    Halliburton Dodges Suit Over Iraq Water Contracts

    A Virginia federal judge on Tuesday threw out a whistleblower case that alleged Halliburton Co. defrauded the U.S. in its billing for contracts to purify water in Iraq, saying a similar case filed by the plaintiff barred this one.