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Aerospace & Defense

  • June 15, 2011

    RI Subcontractor Charged In Navy Kickback Scheme

    Federal prosecutors on Monday charged the owner of three companies that served as U.S. Navy subcontractors with participating in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme over technology services contracts at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island.

  • June 15, 2011

    Gates Warns Cuts Could Trim Military Capabilities

    The U.S. Department of Defense won’t be able to meet President Barack Obama’s goal of making $400 billion in spending cuts over 12 years without reducing the military’s overall capabilities, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.

  • June 15, 2011

    Kirkland Reps Sensata In $325M Sensor-Nite Buyout

    Sensor and electrical protection manufacturer Sensata Technologies Inc. on Wednesday announced the $325 million acquisition of Sensor-Nite NV, a Belgian unit of the Elex Group specializing in high-temperature sensors for fuel-efficient cars.

  • June 14, 2011

    COFC Scraps Bid Protest Over Deli Resale Contract

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has rejected Northeast Military Sales Inc.'s bid protest alleging the government improperly rated past performance and competitor prices when awarding a contract for deli and bakery resale work, according to an opinion published Monday.

  • June 14, 2011

    More Flexible OCI Rule May Benefit Contractors

    Government contractors may benefit from a proposed governmentwide overhaul of regulations on organizational conflicts of interest, as regulators weigh a more flexible approach that prioritizes competitive fairness and protection of nonpublic information over safeguarding the government's interests.

  • June 13, 2011

    Judge Cuts More Claims From $1.2B Xe Fraud Suit

    A Virginia federal judge on Monday trimmed some claims that Xe Services LLC overbilled the U.S. for services provided in Afghanistan and Iraq under a $1.2 billion contract from a fraud suit brought by an ex-Xe employee.

  • June 13, 2011

    COFC Halts Alon From Initiating ICE Contract

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has barred Alon Corp. from starting work on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement support services contract that NetStar-1 Government Consulting Inc. alleged was inappropriately awarded to Alon, according to a ruling publicized Monday.

  • June 13, 2011

    PenAir Contract With USPS Valid: Judge

    A Washington federal judge on Friday found that the U.S. Postal Service properly awarded a contract to an Alaskan airline, Peninsula Airways Inc., to deliver mail in rural areas, after putting a halt to the airline's earlier contract in a previous case.

  • June 13, 2011

    Honeywell Snaps Up EMS Technologies For $491M

    Honeywell International Inc. on Monday announced it would spend $491 million to acquire EMS Technologies Inc., a mobile networking and satellite communications provider for the aviation industry.

  • June 10, 2011

    5th Circ. Denies Saudi Arabia's Contract Damages Bid

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld a ruling that Saudi Arabia cannot recover damages even though Lear Siegler Services Inc. breached a contract for repairing the government's military aircraft by hiring a subcontractor that inflated prices.

  • June 10, 2011

    Alleged NSA Leaker Strikes Plea With Feds

    A former National Security Agency official pled guilty in Maryland on Friday to violating computer security regulations in a deal over allegations that he leaked information to the press about purported waste in the development of a government digital information gathering system.

  • June 9, 2011

    Judge Limits Use Of Calif. Law In Toyota Defect MDL

    The California federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation over alleged acceleration defects in Toyota vehicles ruled Wednesday that only California car owners can take advantage of the state's favorable consumer protection laws.

  • June 9, 2011

    GAO Upholds Army Shower Trailer Contract Award

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a decision Thursday denying Active Deployment System Inc.'s claims that the U.S. Department of the Army of improperly awarded a contract for shower and sink trailers to a company associated with contractors facing debarment.

  • June 8, 2011

    US Must Improve Vetting Of Afghan Contractors: GAO

    The U.S. risks funneling taxpayer money to terrorists, fraudsters and other criminals because it does not routinely vet Afghanistan contracts worth less than $100,000, which make up three-quarters of new contracts with non-U.S. vendors, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

  • June 8, 2011

    General Dynamics Wins $867M DHS Contract After Protest

    The U.S. General Services Administration awarded General Dynamics Corp. an $867 million task order to develop networking infrastructure at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's headquarters Tuesday, seven months after the company protested the award of the contract to Northrop Grumman Corp.

  • June 7, 2011

    Panel Warns Of War Contracting Sustainability Risks

    The U.S. Department of Defense and other contracting agencies aren't doing enough to ensure that governments in Iraq and Afghanistan can maintain U.S.-funded projects on their own, according to a federal report issued Friday.

  • June 7, 2011

    Tent Maker Fights To Keep DOD Small Business Contract

    Outdoor Venture Corp. filed suit in federal court last Wednesday, seeking to prevent the U.S. Department of Defense from stripping it of a contract for combat tents on the ground that its subcontractor wasn’t a small business.

  • June 7, 2011

    Security Co. Sues Army Over Terminated Iraq Contract

    Torres International LLC hit the U.S. Department of the Army with a lawsuit in Virginia on Monday, claiming the Army arbitrarily axed its contract to provide security services in Iraq without first considering an alternative dispute resolution.

  • June 6, 2011

    Pentagon Mulls Elimination Of US Component Test

    A U.S. Department of Defense rule proposed Monday would amend acquisition regulations to delete a test used to determine if commercially available off-the-shelf items could be considered American-made, bringing previous waivers of the test into line.

  • June 6, 2011

    US Can’t Shoot Down $17M Munitions Order Dispute

    An administrative judicial panel on Monday unveiled an opinion denying the Pentagon’s request to throw out a case brought by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Inc. seeking a $17 million price adjustment on a series of ammunition orders.