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Aerospace & Defense

  • 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.

  • June 6, 2011

    FTC Clears DOD Contractor's $180M Supply Chain Co. Buy

    The Federal Trade Commission on Friday granted an early termination of its antitrust review of government contractor VSE Corp.'s deal to buy supply chain management company Wheeler Bros. Inc. for $180 million.

  • June 3, 2011

    GAO Says DOD Must Better Manage Intelligence Funding

    The U.S. Department of Defense must do a better job coordinating its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services, which risk duplication and inefficiency because of complicated funding arrangements, according to a Friday report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • June 3, 2011

    DC Circ. Says Jury Can't 2nd-Guess FBI Security Decisions

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday overturned a jury verdict in favor of a Muslim FBI employee who claimed the agency had launched a security investigation against him in retaliation for discrimination complaints, finding that a jury cannot second-guess security judgments.

  • June 3, 2011

    Judge Allows US Redactions In NSA Leak Case

    A Maryland federal judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors could redact parts of unclassified evidence in the upcoming trial of a former National Security Agency official accused of leaking information to the press about agency waste involving a new digital database project.

  • June 2, 2011

    Ex-Norden Worker's Qui Tam FCA Suit Kept Alive

    A federal judge in Connecticut on Thursday mostly refused to dismiss an accounting supervisor's 17-year-old qui tam suit accusing United Technologies Corp. subsidiary Norden Systems Inc. of violating the False Claims Act by submitting inflated bills for defense contracts.

  • June 2, 2011

    Judge Remands Navy Transport Contract Dispute To ASBCA

    A Maryland federal judge on Tuesday remanded a contract dispute between Red River Holdings LLC and the U.S. Navy over the early termination of a $51 million contract, saying an appeals board applied a too-strict standard for Red River’s recoverable costs.

  • June 2, 2011

    11th Circ. Tosses FCA Suit Over $87B Lockheed Contract

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a suit by a former Lockheed Martin Corp. engineer who accused the company of using subpar materials for an $87 billion military fighter jet contract, ruling the claims were too vague.

  • June 1, 2011

    Chinese Nationals Plead Guilty To Illegal Export Charge

    Two Chinese nationals face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in Virginia federal court on Wednesday to conspiring to illegally export arms to China.

  • 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.