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Aerospace & Defense

  • May 16, 2012

    DLA Piper Adds DC Corporate Vet From Arnold & Porter

    A cross-border mergers and acquisitions attorney with a subspecialty in government contracts and international transactions for private defense companies has left Arnold & Porter LLP and joined DLA Piper as a partner in its Washington office, the firm said Monday.

  • May 16, 2012

    Pentagon Settles Suit Over Army Reserve Contract Award

    CACI Technologies Inc. on Wednesday settled its protest against the U.S. Department of Defense, dropping its claims that the federal government improperly abandoned its normal bidding process when it gave a contract for Army Reserve training services to a Raytheon Co. unit.

  • May 15, 2012

    Pentagon Restricts F-22 Flights Amid Safety Concerns

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Tuesday placed new flight restrictions on the U.S. Air Force's most advanced jet, Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-22 Raptor, until the military can solve persistent problems with the aircraft's oxygen system.

  • May 15, 2012

    FAA Expands Drone Use Despite Privacy Concerns

    The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday made it easier for law enforcement agencies to obtain licenses to operate unmanned drones, expanding the technology's use despite privacy concerns raised by lawmakers and advocacy groups.

  • May 15, 2012

    Judge Upholds GAO Stay Of $675M Army Corps Canal Contract

    A federal judge on Monday ruled that a $675 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract award for canal work in New Orleans remains up for grabs, dismissing a suit which challenged the U.S. Government Accountability Office's decision to stay the contract.

  • May 14, 2012

    House Reps Seek To Protect Small Biz From DOD Insourcing

    The defense spending bill in the current House Armed Services Committee markup contains several provisions to boost small business participation in defense contracting and tighten rules on agency insourcing, the committee's chairman said Monday.

  • May 11, 2012

    No Immunity For Abu Ghraib Contractors, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit on Friday dismissed appeals seeking to shield military contractors CACI International Inc. and L-3 Services Inc. from lawsuits over alleged abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, ruling the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the appeals.

  • May 11, 2012

    Pentagon's IG Says $519M Air Force Contracts Justified

    The U.S. Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General on Thursday said that $519 million worth of noncompetitive Air Force aeronautical systems contracts awarded in 2010 and 2011 were properly approved by the service's contracting personnel.

  • May 10, 2012

    Pentagon Poses Info-Sharing Rule To Boost Cybersecurity

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday released an interim final rule to establish a voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing program with companies that are part of the defense industrial base.

  • May 10, 2012

    Federal Agencies Ban Overseas Tax Haven Contractors

    A trio of federal agencies on Thursday issued an interim rule preventing the award of government contracts to any businesses that used to be incorporated in the United States, but are now located overseas to avoid U.S. taxes.

  • May 10, 2012

    DOD, SBA Sued Over Preference For Minority Contractors

    Rothe Development Inc. launched a suit Wednesday to block the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Small Business Administration from giving a leg up to minority-owned small businesses seeking government contracts, arguing the practice is unconstitutional.

  • May 9, 2012

    Contractor, Noteholder Lay Down Swords In Takeover War

    Defense contractor Shield Technologies Corp. reached a truce with one of its own noteholders Wednesday, settling its claims in Illinois that the investor's attempt to receive common shares of Shield instead of repayment, allegedly to take over the company, may have breached securities laws.

  • May 9, 2012

    Northrop Wins Arbitration In Laser System FCA Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday ordered a former Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. engineer to arbitrate claims the company fired him for raising concerns about a laser-guided smart weapons system, and tossed the remaining count in the False Claims Act suit.

  • May 8, 2012

    DOD Promises Better Oversight Of Future F-35 Purchases

    U.S. Department of Defense officials told a Senate panel Tuesday that the military has tightened oversight of its over-budget F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, withholding some purchases until contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. meets stricter benchmarks for performance and cost.

  • May 8, 2012

    Afghan Food Contractor Asks 2nd Circ. To Junk $38M Judgment

    Supreme Foodservice GmbH, which contracted with the U.S. to provide food to troops in Afghanistan, on Friday asked the Second Circuit to overturn a $38 million arbitration judgment in a contract dispute with indicted subcontractor Agility Public Warehousing Co. KSC.

  • May 8, 2012

    FAA Air Traffic Overhaul Contracts Stymied By Unclear Goals

    The Federal Aviation Administration has been unable to set clear schedules or requirements for its contracts to upgrade the nation's air traffic control systems — the agency's largest-ever procurement — leaving airlines and the government uncertain as to how or when they will be able to put new technology into place.

  • May 4, 2012

    Hawker Beechcraft Scores Access To $400M DIP Facility

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday approved an interim $400 million debtor-in-possession financing package for bankrupt aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Inc., which entered Chapter 11 protection Thursday seeking to trim $2.5 billion from its balance sheet.

  • May 4, 2012

    $291M NASA Award To Honeywell Was Reasonable, GAO Says

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office has rejected SGT Inc.'s challenge to NASA's award of a $291 million flight center services contract to Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., finding the evaluation was consistent with the solicitation and the award was reasonably based, the GAO said Wednesday.

  • May 4, 2012

    SNC Judgment Partially Reversed In Army Contract Suit

    A federal judge on Thursday set aside a jury’s decision that engineering company SNC-Lavalin America Inc. breached its contract with Alliant Techsystems Inc., part of a mixed verdict in a suit accusing Alliant of breaking a $65 million contract to modernize a U.S. Army facility.

  • May 3, 2012

    Aircraft Co. Hawker Beechcraft Descends Into Ch. 11

    Private equity-owned aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Inc. landed in bankruptcy on Thursday in New York with a creditor-backed reorganization plan to trim $2.5 billion of debt from its balance sheet.