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Aerospace & Defense

  • October 25, 2011

    Air Force Program Manager Cops To Contract Bribes

    A U.S. Air Force program manager pled guilty Monday in Utah to bribery and fraud charges in connection with a scheme to funnel contracts for foreign military aircraft purchases to a Florida couple's company.

  • October 24, 2011

    GAO Tosses Fight Over Army Training Subcontract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has nixed NEK Advanced Securities Group Inc.'s protest of the selection of a subcontractor to provide training support to the U.S. Army, finding that the procurement was ultimately decided by the prime contractor and not by the government, the agency revealed Monday.

  • October 24, 2011

    Exporter Gets 2 Years For Plot To Sell Jet Engines To Iran

    A Florida federal judge on Monday handed down a two-year prison sentence to a man who was indicted earlier this year for working with others to export fighter jet engines to Iran in violation of a U.S. embargo.

  • October 24, 2011

    Iraqi Co. Sues DOD To Block $87M Contract Renegotiation

    An Iraqi shipping company sued the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington federal court Friday, hoping to block the military from renegotiating the rates on $87 million worth of trucking contracts after the company objected to a 10 percent cap on profits.

  • October 21, 2011

    Halliburton Fights Tenacious Whistleblower's Latest Suit

    Halliburton Co. and KBR Inc. on Friday sought to dismiss a water purification specialist's third whistleblower suit accusing the companies of violating contractual duties to test and purify lavatory and drinking water used by U.S. troops in Iraq.

  • October 21, 2011

    11th Circ. Scraps Lockheed Workers' Toxic Injury Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday threw out a consolidated toxic tort suit in which employees of Lockheed Martin Corp. accused Alcoa Inc. and others of failing to warn about the health dangers posed by beryllium in military aircraft parts.

  • October 21, 2011

    Winston & Strawn Helps AAR Land Teleflex Units For $280M

    Aviation support company AAR Corp. will buy the cargo loading systems and container aerospace units of medical device maker Teleflex Inc. for $280 million to strengthen its commercial manufacturing business, the Illinois-based company announced Friday.

  • October 20, 2011

    Pentagon Seeks Ways To Improve Arms Export Contracts

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday asked the defense industry for suggestions on improving contracts for selling weapons and technology to foreign governments, following an internal report that detailed shortcomings in its Foreign Military Sales program.

  • October 20, 2011

    Feds Take Bid For NYT Reporter's Sources To 4th Circ.

    Federal prosecutors asked the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday to force a New York Times journalist to testify about his confidential sources at the upcoming trial of an ex-CIA officer accused of leaking classified information regarding an operation to disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons program to the reporter.

  • October 20, 2011

    DOD Contractors Won $400B Despite Fraud Allegations

    The U.S. Department of Defense awarded almost $400 billion during the past 10 years to contractors even after criminal convictions and civil judgments against them over fraud claims, a DOD report released Thursday said.

  • October 19, 2011

    War Contracting Auditor Urges DOD Acquisition Reform

    The U.S. Department of Defense is certain to lose billions of dollars to waste and fraud in wartime contracts unless it enacts powerful contracting reforms with the help of Congress, members of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan told lawmakers Wednesday.

  • October 19, 2011

    Army Should Pay Fees For Janitorial Contract Fight: GAO

    The U.S. Army should pay some of the legal fees incurred by A1 Procurement JVD in a protest that succeeded in forcing re-evaluation of a janitorial contract awarded to a rival company, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision published Wednesday.

  • October 19, 2011

    Lockheed Wins Battle With Raytheon Over Bomb Mark

    Lockheed Martin Corp. announced Wednesday that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board had ruled in its favor by blocking competitor Raytheon Co. from registering the term “paveway” for its line of laser-guided bombs.

  • October 18, 2011

    US Can't Dodge Suit Over Ford Drawback Claims

    A U.S. Court of International Trade judge on Tuesday refused to toss Ford Motor Co.'s lawsuit against the federal government over drawback claims the carmaker allegedly paid, saying Ford need not wait for customs officials to liquidate the imports before lodging its complaint.

  • October 18, 2011

    Informant Details Role In Organizing Gabon FCPA Sting

    The government’s cooperating witness in the trial of six military equipment industry executives accused of attempting to bribe Gabonese officials to win contracts told a Washington federal jury Tuesday of his involvement in the FBI sting operation that brought the defendants down.

  • October 18, 2011

    Afghan Bros. Want Probation In Army Kickbacks Case

    A pair of Afghan brothers said Tuesday they should serve only probation in exchange for pleading guilty to one count each of authorizing their company to pay a U.S. Army sergeant an illegal $50,000 gratuity in return for construction contracts on a major airbase.

  • October 18, 2011

    Missed Deadline Sinks Dell's Bid For Navy Contract: GAO

    Dell Services Federal Government Inc. can't force its way back into competition for a U.S. Navy submarine technical support contract after missing a revision deadline, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office decision made public Monday.

  • October 17, 2011

    Gabon FCPA Witness Speaks Up On Past Drug Use, Bribery

    The prime FBI cooperating witness testifying against six military equipment industry executives accused of bribing Gabonese officials to win contracts admitted to a Washington federal jury Monday his extensive history of drug use, visits to prostitutes and criminal activity.

  • October 17, 2011

    Airline Services Co. Head Admits Kickback Plot

    The former owner of a Florida airline services company pled guilty Monday to taking part in a kickback scheme to defraud charter carrier Ryan International Airlines.

  • October 17, 2011

    Rockefeller Says Pentagon Should Use American Steel

    Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said Monday that the U.S. Department of Defense should require the military to use domestic steel for its armored vehicles, a move he said would protect troops and American industrial jobs.