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Dewonkify – Overseas Contingency Operations

Term: Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Definition: OCO funding is money set aside in the federal budget for expenses connected to overseas operations such as: crisis response, infrastructure and coalition support...more

EU adds 12 individuals (politicians, military and one journalist) to Ukraine sanctions, more sanctions may follow

As a further response to recent developments in Crimea, the EU today added another 12 names to the existing list of individuals in Russia and Crimea subject to a visa ban and asset freeze. These restrictions were published in...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: Leading the News; United States – Africa Relations; North Africa; East Africa; West Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and General Africa News. Excerpt from Leading the News - Libya: On...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. A special election was held Tuesday in Florida’s 13th Congressional District to replace deceased Republican Congressman Bill Young. Both political parties and outside...more

SIGAR Issues Quarterly Report to Congress

On January 30, 2014, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued its quarterly report to Congress regarding its oversight work and the status of obligations and programs relating to the...more

ML Strategies' Washington Outlook for 2014

In This Update: ..1. Introduction ..2. Agriculture ..3. Defense & National Security ..4. Education ..5. Energy & Environment ..6. Financial Services ..7. Foreign Policy ..8. Health Care ..9....more

Time to Comply: New DoD Rules Governing Supply Chain Risk Information and Unclassified Controlled Technical Information

cGovernment contractors should be aware of recent Department of Defense (DoD) rules governing Information Relating to Supply Chain Risk, 78 Fed. Register 69,268 (Nov. 18, 2013) and Unclassified Controlled Technical...more

Trade Dress, Sovereign Immunity, World Politics and R.60 Collide - Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. v. Islamic Republic of Iran,

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the vacatur of final default judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) for alleged trade-dress infringement. The unanimous panel agreed with...more

Government Procurement: September and October 2013 Federal Register Update

1. Final Rules Regarding the Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors - On September 24, 2013, the Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs...more

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Fraud: Using Wartime Powers to Extinguish Statutes of Limitations

Sun Tzu declared in The Art of War that "there is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare." Sun Tzu, however, did not consider the vast power that springs from US Congressional actions made during times of...more

Destroying Chemical Weapons*

The destruction of chemical warfare material is prominent in the news today due to the documented use of sarin (i.e., isopropyl methyl phosphonofluoridate) by the Syrian government against its own citizens and the United...more

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget and the Debt Ceiling - With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S....more

CORRUPTION WILL MAKE SUPPRESSING PIRATES VERY DIFFICULT IN WEST AFRICA

The elephant in the room in West Africa, so to speak, and the suppression of piracy is corruption....more

New Export Control Rules for Military Aircraft and Aircraft Parts and Components

Companies that produce military aircraft and aircraft parts and components controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) should take note of some significant changes that will become effective...more

October 15th Export Control Reform Changes Are Around the Corner: Take Time Now to Understand the Impact on Your Existing Licenses...

On October 15, 2013, two Final Rules ushering in the “initial implementation” of the Export Control Reform (ECR), by the Departments of State and Commerce, will take effect. The Final Rules transfer jurisdiction of many...more

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Syria - Last Wednesday, September 4, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after a hearing and two days of debate held during a congressional recess, passed by a...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Syria Military Force Authorization - A small but growing group of lawmakers are supporting the authorization of military force in Syria by arguing that a strike could keep the Assad...more

Fixing a Broken Brokering Definition: DDTC Eases ITAR’s Regulatory Burden for Brokers and Brokering Activities

On August 26, 2013, in yet another move geared toward streamlining the U.S. export control regulatory landscape, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) published its long-awaited interim...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2013

Introduction - Welcome to the July/August 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In this month’s edition, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office files its first Bribery Act charges; a...more

State Department Consent Agreements with Aeroflex, Inc. and Meggitt-USA, Inc. Provide Blueprint for Compliance Success

On August 6 and 23, 2013, the US Department of State entered into Consent Agreements with Aeroflex, Inc. (Aeroflex) and Meggitt-USA, Inc. (Meggitt) to resolve numerous alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA)...more

State Department Publishes Interim Final Rule to Clarify Defense-Broker Requirements

Section 38(f) of the Arms Export Control Act requires the registration of brokers of defense articles and defense services, pursuant to regulations currently published in Part 129 of the International Traffic in Arms...more

Export Control Reforms Leads to Changes in Permanent Import Regime of Defense Articles and Services

In light of the upcoming changes associated with the Export Control Reform Initiative, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a final rule in April 22, 2013, which amends...more

Counterfeits Can Kill U.S. Troops. So Why Isn't Congress and DoD Doing More to Stop it?

Sometime in the not-to-distant future, a submarine will sink. An air defense missile will detonate far from its intended target. A Seahawk helicopter will intercept a suicide speed boat headed for an aircraft carrier only to...more

Export Control Reform Series Episode II: The First Change – Reevaluating your ITAR Aircraft Parts

In Episode I: The Basics we noted that U.S. Export Control Reform may be causing confusion and consternation among those who will have to take the first theoretical rule changes and apply them in real and practical...more

Major Changes to U.S. Export Laws Go into Effect October 15, 2013: Is Your Company Ready?

New rules implementing export control reforms become effective October 15, 2013. The keystone of these reform efforts is to transfer jurisdiction of less sensitive military items currently controlled under the International...more

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