Military-Industrial Complex News: July 2016


Keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of corrupt contracts, military, government, corporations and the military-industrial complex. If you see any relevant news stories, tweet them @erikmoshe

Surprise: Refugees Are Making The Military Industrial Complex Even Richer
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-05/surprise-refugees-are-making-military-industrial-complex-even-richer

U.S. files suit against DynCorp International over Iraq contract
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-dyncorpinternational-usa-idUSKCN0ZZ2OR

U.S. arms sales approvals on track to reach nearly $40 billion
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-airshow-britain-usa-arms-idUSKCN0ZT0ZH

Ex-General to Top Brass: Stay Out of the ‘Cesspool of Domestic Politics’
http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/11/ex-general-to-top-brass-stay-out-of-the-cesspool-of-domestic-politics/

Feds tight-lipped on weeding out corrupt border agents
http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/feds-tight-lipped-on-weeding-out-corrupt-border-agents/article_233b3d52-4701-11e6-80b3-d3b011ec803e.html

Eighth bribery plea emerges from Army base in Afghanistan
http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/management/oversight/2016/07/11/eighth-bribery-plea-emerges-army-base-afghanistan/86941610/

New VA study finds 20 veterans commit suicide each day
http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/07/07/va-suicide-20-daily-research/86788332/

Weapons Buyers Agree To Return Secrets In Peru Project Row
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/821153/weapons-buyers-agree-to-return-secrets-in-peru-project-row

Defense IT Initiative Likely Unscathed By Critical GAO Report
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819545/defense-it-initiative-likely-unscathed-by-critical-gao-report

Army Shorting Its Contractor Reviews, IG Report Finds
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/821041/army-shorting-its-contractor-reviews-ig-report-finds

GAO Chides VA Over $6.8B Disability Exam Contracts
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/820765/gao-chides-va-over-6-8b-disability-exam-contracts

Health First Beats Whistleblower’s ‘Shotgun-Style’ FCA Suit
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/820784/health-first-beats-whistleblower-s-shotgun-style-fca-suit

US Spent $2.6B-Plus On Afghan Telecom Sector, Audit Says
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/820604/us-spent-2-6b-plus-on-afghan-telecom-sector-audit-says

Blackwater FCA Relators On ‘Fishing Expedition,’ Co. Says
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819835/blackwater-fca-relators-on-fishing-expedition-co-says

Feds OK $1.6B In Weapons Sales To UAE & Japan
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819531/feds-ok-1-6b-in-weapons-sales-to-uae-japan

House Panel Prods DOD For Info On Intel Base, Clearances
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819511/house-panel-prods-dod-for-info-on-intel-base-clearances

Raytheon’s $2B Contract To Produce Missiles Gets DOD’s OK
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819412/raytheon-s-2b-contract-to-produce-missiles-gets-dod-s-ok

Defense Contractor Found Guilty Of Selling DOD Lousy Parts
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819700/defense-contractor-found-guilty-of-selling-dod-lousy-parts

Boeing Hit With Sanctions Bid In $1.2B Contract Dispute
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819671/boeing-hit-with-sanctions-bid-in-1-2b-contract-dispute

SBA Orders Deeper Look Into DOD Small-Biz Contractor
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819518/sba-orders-deeper-look-into-dod-small-biz-contractor

Army Corps Accused Of $13M In Construction Flubs
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819533/army-corps-accused-of-13m-in-construction-flubs

Gridiron Claims ‘Corrupt’ LTC Induced $50M Investment
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/818739/gridiron-claims-corrupt-ltc-induced-50m-investment

UK Parliament OKs $54B Nuclear Sub Replacement Program
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819044/uk-parliament-oks-54b-nuclear-sub-replacement-program

Army Will Put Off Awarding Maligned Intel-Software Contract
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/819042/army-will-put-off-awarding-maligned-intel-software-contract

Navy Hit With $596M Suit Over Alleged 3D Software Copying
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/818704/navy-hit-with-596m-suit-over-alleged-3d-software-copying

GAO Sustains Protest Over Army Practice Bomb Contract
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/818765/gao-sustains-protest-over-army-practice-bomb-contract

Subcontractor Sabotage Cost $74M, Suit Says
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/818600/subcontractor-sabotage-cost-74m-suit-says

Korea Blocked From Pursuing BAE In Its Own Courts
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/818635/korea-blocked-from-pursuing-bae-in-its-own-courts

DynCorp Chem Spray Suit Given Second Win
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/818105/dyncorp-chem-spray-suit-given-second-wind

Ex-Fox News Analyst Gets Nearly 3 Years For Gov’t Fraud
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/818018/ex-fox-news-analyst-gets-nearly-3-years-for-gov-t-fraud

Gun Makers Fight Injunction Bid In Peruvian Project Spat
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/817822/gun-makers-fight-injunction-bid-in-peruvian-project-spat

Iffy Scanner Patent Ownership May Sink BAE Suit
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/817552/iffy-scanner-patent-ownership-may-sink-bae-suit

Military Health Insurance Co. Wants Out Of Denied Claim Suit
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/816824/military-health-insurance-co-wants-out-of-denied-claim-suit

No Sanctions For US In Iraq Fuel Contract Spat
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/817199/no-sanctions-for-us-in-iraq-fuel-contract-spat

Defend Trade Secrets Act Not Retroactive, Rifle Co. Says
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/816894/defend-trade-secrets-act-not-retroactive-rifle-co-says

3 Navy FCA Whistleblowers Fight To Stay Together
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/816628/3-navy-fca-whistleblowers-fight-to-stay-together

Navy Can’t Duck Software License Spat At ASBCA
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/816524/navy-can-t-duck-software-license-spat-at-asbca

Escobar Can’t Revive Airplane Parts FCA Suit, Northrop Says
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/816224/escobar-can-t-revive-airplane-parts-fca-suit-northrop-says

Fed. Circ. Revives Exelis’ $411M Air Force Base Contract
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/815940/fed-circ-revives-exelis-411m-air-force-base-contract

Military Contractor Says Insurgency Aid Voids Subcontract
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/815790/military-contractor-says-insurgency-aid-voids-subcontract

Gov’t Says Jet Part Sales Up To Its Discretion
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/815528/gov-t-says-jet-part-sales-up-to-its-discretion

Aircraft Carrier Tech 9 Years, 332% Over Budget: Watchdog
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/815432/aircraft-carrier-tech-9-years-332-over-budget-watchdog

$5M Jet Suit Alleges ‘Yearslong Scheme’ To Duck Judgment
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/815074/-5m-jet-suit-alleges-yearslong-scheme-to-duck-judgment

Tech Contractors Will Pay $6M In Small-Biz Fraud Row
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/814625/tech-contractors-will-pay-6m-in-small-biz-fraud-row

Verizon Accused Of Knowingly Overcharging The DOD
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/814705/verizon-accused-of-knowingly-overcharging-the-dod

Board Finds Estimated Sum Enough To Back Contractor Claim
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/814426/board-finds-estimated-sum-enough-to-back-contractor-claim

Miles & Stockbridge Adds Former Lockheed Martin Asst. GC
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/814282/miles-stockbridge-adds-former-lockheed-martin-asst-gc

Sudan Must Pay $40M In Power Contract Row, Tribunal Says
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/813802/s-sudan-must-pay-40m-in-power-contract-row-tribunal-says

GAO Again Rejects Protest Over $28M Navy Engineering Deal
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/813613/gao-again-rejects-protest-over-28m-navy-engineering-deal

Cost Issues May Sink Next-Gen Air Force GPS Control System
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/813830/cost-issues-may-sink-next-gen-air-force-gps-control-system

Sen. McCaskill Demands Briefing Based on POGO Report
http://www.pogo.org/blog/2016/07/breaking-sen-mccaskill-demands-briefing-based-pogo-report.html

Global Witness Briefing Sheds Light on Cloaked Contractors
http://www.pogo.org/blog/2016/07/global-witness-briefing-sheds.html

Improper Payments: $1 Trillion of Simple Mistakes
http://www.pogo.org/blog/2016/07/improper-payments-1-trillion-simple-mistakes.html

IG Shows Pantex Contractor Underreporting Maintenance Issues
http://www.pogo.org/blog/2016/07/underreporting-uncovered-in-pantex-audit.html

Pentagon Leaks to Persian Gulf Contractor Raise Questions
http://www.pogo.org/blog/2016/07/pentagon-leaks-to-persian-gulf-contractor-raise-questions.html

Level 3 Maps Too Vague For $99M Cable Contract, GAO Says
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/813615/level-3-maps-too-vague-for-99m-cable-contract-gao-says

Base Contractor Loses $57.5M Air Force Fed. Claims Protest
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/813130/base-contractor-loses-57-5m-air-force-fed-claims-protest

9th Circ. Won’t Rehear Booz Allen Retiree’s Stock Sale Suit
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/813078/9th-circ-won-t-rehear-booz-allen-retiree-s-stock-sale-suit

GAO Says DOD Needs Better Data To Reduce HQ Costs
http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/813149/gao-says-dod-needs-better-data-to-reduce-hq-costs

The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/06/25/the-fda-stockpiling-military-weapons-and-not-alone/iGbHhnnkTbsSMnnO23obiI/story.html

Navy Fleets Unable To Fix $500M Ship Maintenance Shortfall On Their Own
https://news.usni.org/2016/07/06/navy-fleets-unable-fix-500m-ship-maintenance-shortfall

Military-Industrial Election: How defense firms spend campaign cash
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/military-industrial-election/

Russia has $4.6B in military exports in 2016
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russia_has_46B_in_military_exports_in_2016_999.html

Lockheed Martin Teams with Purdue, New Mexico State and New Mexico Tech for Sandia Competition
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lockheed-martin-teams-with-purdue-new-mexico-state-and-new-mexico-tech-for-sandia-competition-300303318.html

The ASBCA and the Case of the Missing Contract
http://brownrudnick.com/blog/government-contracts/the-asbca-and-the-case-of-the-missing-contract/

DOD Weapons Tester Blasts Army Radio Ahead of Production Decision

http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/2016/07/21/dod-weapons-tester-blasts-army-radio-ahead-production-decision/87402368/

By malevolent design: Why do US military weapons always seem to end up in enemy hands?
https://www.sott.net/article/321339-By-malevolent-design-Why-do-US-military-weapons-always-seem-to-end-up-in-enemy-hands

The Saudis’ American Shopping Spree: F-15s, Helicopters & More
https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/a-2010-saudi-shopping-spree-06520/

Judge orders State Dept. to release documents on corrupt contractor before election
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/06/judge-orders-state-dept-to-release-documents-on-corrupt-contractor-before-election.html

Former Army Official and Contractor Indicted for Bribery Scheme Involving Contracts at Aberdeen Proving Ground
https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/former-army-official-and-contractor-indicted-bribery-scheme-involving-contracts-aberdeen

How secret company owners are putting troops at risk and harming American taxpayers
http://iissonline.net/hidden-menace/

A Toxic Mix Of Wishful Thinking And Corruption: The Saga Of Iraq’s Fake Bomb Detector
http://www.fastcompany.com/3061912/a-toxic-mix-of-wishful-thinking-and-corruption-the-saga-of-iraqs-fake-bomb-detector

Court Enforces “Presumed Loss” Rule Where Contractor Misrepresented 8(a) Status to Win Set-Aside Contracts
https://www.hklaw.com/GovConBlog/Court-Enforces-Presumed-Loss-Rule-Where-Contractor-Misrepresented-8a-Status-to-Win-Set-Aside-Contracts-07-25-2016/

Defense Contractor Arrested on Spy Charges Involving Satellites
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/07/09/defense-contractor-arrested-spy-charges-involving-satellites.html

Contractor denies more charges in tribal corruption case
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/30/contractor-denies-more-charges-in-tribal-corruptio/

Booze, Cigars, and Lady Gaga: How Weapons Deals Fuel Corruption
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/weapons-arms-deals-middlemen-corruption-bribes

Former U.S. State Department Employee Convicted in $2 Million Government Contract Conspiracy
http://www.dodig.mil/IGInformation/IGInformationReleases/Former_U.S._State_Department_Employee_Convicted_in_2_Million_Government_Contract_Conspiracy_072516.pdf

Agencies Are Entering a ‘High-Risk Period’ for Nepotism, Report Says
http://www.govexec.com/management/2016/07/agencies-are-entering-high-risk-period-nepotism-report-says/129881/

The $75,000 Cello: One Reason Military Bands Hit a Sour Note
http://time.com/4390137/cello-military-band-air-force/

How Cronyism Harms Our Military
http://www.ff.org/how-cronyism-harms-our-military/

Nearly $1 billion blown on General Atomics contract
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/jul/08/ticker-nearly-1-billion-general-atomics-contract/#

Experts Weigh in Before Hubbard Finds Out Fate For Corruption
http://wkrg.com/2016/07/07/experts-weigh-in-before-hubbard-finds-out-fate-for-corruption/

US military contractor caught trying to sell stolen satellite secrets to Russia
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-military-contractor-caught-trying-sell-stolen-satellite-secrets-russia-1570036

Agents pose major corruption risks in arms deals
http://ti-defence.org/agents-pose-major-corruption-risks-arms-deals/

Licence to Bribe? Reducing corruption risks around the use of agents in defence procurement
http://ti-defence.org/publications/licence-to-bribe-reducing-corruption-agents-defence-procurement/

Mistakes of Iraq must never be repeated
http://ti-defence.org/mistakes-iraq-must-never-repeated/

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