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Aerospace & Defense

  • November 7, 2011

    Judge Pares Counterclaims In Sonar Contract Row

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Friday nixed unfair competition, fraud and other counterclaims lobbed at defense contractor KDH Defense Systems Inc. in a long-running contract dispute over a multimillion-dollar sonar system designed to help the U.S. Navy detect swimmers underwater.

  • November 7, 2011

    Jenner Reps General Dynamics' $360M Force Protection Buy

    General Dynamics Corp. struck a $360 million deal to acquire Force Protection Inc., which makes ballistic- and blast-protected vehicles for the U.S. military, with plans to add the manufacturer to its General Dynamics Land Systems unit, the company said Monday.

  • November 4, 2011

    GAO Slams DOD Contracting Agency Over Outdated Audits

    The military has fallen behind on its audits of defense contractors, risking fraud, waste and other abuses as it relies on outdated audits of the contractors' accounting and other financial systems, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday.

  • November 4, 2011

    Ex-Gov. Ventura's Challenge To New TSA Screening Tossed

    A federal judge on Thursday nixed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's suit challenging the constitutionality of the Transportation Security Administration's enhanced security screening processes, ruling that only federal appellate courts can review TSA actions.

  • November 3, 2011

    Gabon FCPA Informant Says He Claimed Deal Was Legal

    The government's cooperating witness in its case accusing six military equipment industry executives of attempting to bribe Gabonese officials admitted to a Washington federal jury Thursday that he improperly told two defendants that the proposed deal was above-board and legal.

  • November 3, 2011

    Alabama Aircraft's Ch. 7 Conversion Approved

    Cut off from using its lenders’ cash collateral and burdened with more than $1 million in unpaid administrative expenses, Alabama Aircraft Industries won a Delaware bankruptcy court's permission on Thursday to convert its Chapter 11 case to Chapter 7.

  • November 3, 2011

    2nd Circ. OKs Sentence For Corrupt Ex-KBR Worker

    The Second Circuit on Thursday upheld the 41-month prison sentence imposed on a former supervisor in Afghanistan for U.S. Army contractor KBR Inc., who took about $200,000 in subcontractors' so-called illegal gratuities.

  • November 3, 2011

    Army Sgts. Deny Contract Bribe Scheme

    Two men who served in Afghanistan as staff sergeants in the U.S. Army Active Guard Reserve Program pled not guilty Wednesday in Illinois to charges that they took bribes from a defense contractor in exchange for inking a phony $200,000 government contract for vehicles.

  • November 3, 2011

    3 Charged With $33M Air Force Med Systems Fraud

    A federal grand jury in Texas indicted three people Wednesday for allegedly creating a sham business to win $33.5 million in U.S. Air Force subcontracts tied to medical systems modernization, a fraud scheme that enriched them by $6.4 million, according to prosecutors.

  • November 2, 2011

    FedEx Asks 7th Circ. To Nix $66M Verdict For ATA

    An attorney for FedEx Corp. asked the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to toss a $66 million jury verdict in ATA Airlines Inc.'s suit alleging FedEx unfairly kicked it out of a government contract bidding arrangement and effectively pushed it into bankruptcy.

  • November 1, 2011

    Gabon FCPA Witness Grilled Over Past Drug Use

    Military equipment industry executives accused of attempting to bribe Gabonese officials told a Washington federal jury Tuesday that the government's main cooperating witness' memory of events in the case were spotty due to his past drug use.

  • November 1, 2011

    DOD Went By Books On $509M Camera Contracts: Report

    The government properly awarded contracts worth more than $509 million for powerful camera systems that troops in Iraq and Afghanistan use to detect roadside bombs, the U.S. Department of Defense's inspector general said in a report released Friday.

  • November 1, 2011

    Boeing Blasts Alabama Aircraft's $1B Contract Suit

    Boeing Co. on Monday moved to dismiss a suit by bankrupt former partner Alabama Aircraft Industries Inc., saying it was within its rights to cut the company out of a planned joint bid for a $1.1 billion U.S. Air Force contract and that it didn't abuse Alabama Aircraft's proprietary information.

  • October 31, 2011

    Iraq Will Need Oversight After Withdrawal, Watchdog Says

    U.S. reconstruction efforts in Iraq will still need robust oversight after the U.S. Department of Defense completes its scheduled withdrawal of all troops by the end of the year, the auditor for Iraq reconstruction said in a report released Sunday.

  • October 31, 2011

    KBR Named In Alleged Rape Victim's Assault Suit

    A former Service Employees International Inc. operations specialist on Friday sued Service Employees and defense contractor KBR Inc. in Texas state court after one of KBR’s employees allegedly raped and assaulted her while she was stationed at an Iraqi air base.

  • October 31, 2011

    Contractor Can't Revive $23M Award In Trade Secrets Suit

    An Ohio appeals court on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision to reduce a $22.7 million damages award for Innovative Technologies Corp. in a trade secrets suit alleging Advanced Management Technology Inc. poached employees and proprietary information to win a government contract.

  • October 31, 2011

    Submarine Base Tarred By Bribery Can Deal Again: Navy

    The U.S. Navy has restored the contracting authority of its Rhode Island submarine research and development base, after suspending it earlier this year in the wake of charges over an alleged $10 million kickback and bribery scheme involving naval contracts, it said Monday.

  • October 31, 2011

    7th Circ. Orders Rehearing In Rumsfeld Torture Case

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday vacated its own ruling that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld can be sued personally for damages by two American military contractors claiming they were detained and tortured in Iraq, and ordered a rehearing en banc.

  • October 28, 2011

    Wash. Man Gets 18 Months For Satellite Smuggling Plan

    A Washington federal judge on Thursday sentenced a man to 18 months in prison for attempting to smuggle military-grade satellite parts to China in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.

  • October 28, 2011

    Iraqi Co.'s Security Subcontract Suit Survives Dismissal Bid

    A Washington federal judge on Thursday dismissed part of an Iraqi outfit's suit accusing an American contractor of shorting it for work related to two U.S. government security contracts, one of which saw the two companies swap prime contractor and subcontractor roles.