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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

Capital Thinking: Defense

Defense Authorization, Budget And the Sequester - The Fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (S.1197) is expected to come to the floor on Wednesday, November 13. The Military Justice Improvement Act (S....more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-20 -- Oct 28, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....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

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

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

Privacy Monday - Breaches, lawsuits and legislation this Monday, July 15

Programming Error Leads to “Low Tech” Data Breach at Indiana Family and Social Services Administration - Although it started with a programming error, the breach itself was paper document. Apparently, a programming...more

CIS Legal Update - May 2013: Developing Russia’s Military-Industrial Complex

On October 16, 2012 the President of the Russian Federation signed a federal law establishing the Advanced Research Foundation (“ARF”) , a specialized legal entity that will be responsible for research and development in the...more

New DOD Internal Policy Guidance on Counterfeit Parts: A Preview of Contractor Regulations?

The Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a new instruction that establishes internal DOD policies for detecting, avoiding, and remediating counterfeit parts in the DOD supply chain, and allocates responsibility among...more

Obama Administration Moves Forward With Export Control Reform

On March 7 and 8, 2013, President Obama took two important steps to further U.S. export control reform. First, the President notified Congress of the proposed transfer of certain items relating to aircraft and gas turbine...more

Consolidated DoD Central Adjudicative Facility Creates Change

A new, consolidated DoD Central Adjudicative Facility (CAF) has been established to improve the efficiency of adjudicating personnel security clearances (PCLs) at a time when there is a substantial increase in the number of...more

Advertising News & Analysis – December 13, 2012

In this issue: - It’s Easier Being Green - Off-Label Marketing Protected by First Amendment - Understanding New Restrictions on Advertising GI Bill Benefits - FTC Looks at "The Big Picture" - Upcoming...more

Export Control Violations: Man on Trial for Taking His Laptop to China

Back in September 2011, Sixing Liu, a Chinese national-U.S. permanent resident, was charged by the U.S. Government for U.S. export control law violations. Liu allegedly took export-controlled technical data on military...more

"U.S. Army Issues RFP for Renewable Projects"

The U.S. Army (the Army), on August 7, 2012, issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the eventual procurement of $7 billion in renewable and alternative energy under up to 30-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) from solar,...more

Department of Defense Releases Funding Opportunity for Innovative Solutions to National Security Needs

On July 9, 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting proposals for the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF). Enacted by Congress in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, RIF...more

Department of Veterans Affairs Issues Final Rule on In-Person, On-Site Promotion of Drugs and Drug-Related Supplies

On March 5, 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a Final Rule governing “on-site, in-person promotional activities, including educational activities” by pharmaceutical company representatives at VA medical...more

U.S. Army Looking for $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Over the Next 10 Years

In late February, the U.S. Army began its long-awaited process for signing up to $7 billion in renewable energy contracts over the next 10 years when the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (AEITF) issued a draft request for...more

Early Steps Toward a Streamlined Export Control System: Proposed Changes to the ITAR and EAR

On November 7, 2011, the U.S. State Department published a proposed rule amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) by narrowing the categories of aircraft and related equipment controlled on the United...more

Prison Time and Export Controls: University Professor's Case Illustrates Dangers of Ignoring Export Compliance

On Monday, October 3, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of retired University of Tennessee professor John Reece Roth. In July 2009, Roth received a four year prison sentence for illegally exporting military...more

Departments Of Navy, Agriculture, And Energy Release Request For Industry Feedback On $510 Million Biofuels Opportunity

On August 30, 2011, the Departments of the Navy, Agriculture, and Energy released a Request for Information1 (RFI) following their recent announcement2 of plans to invest up to $510 million in advanced drop-in biofuels...more

Department Of Defense Announces Billions Of Dollars In Opportunities For Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Companies

In recent weeks, the Army and Navy have solidified and ramped up their commitment to energy innovation and technology. Going forward, the services are likely to be the leading public-sector partners for funding,...more

Military Flash Drive Producer Sued For Copyright And Patent Infringement

California based IronKey is being slapped with two lawsuits in federal court. One is for patent infringement, the other copyright infringement. Most companies that do business in the technology area are global in reach,...more

One Veteran's Long Road To Victory

Nuclear Radiation exposure from Operation Up-shot Knothole: Check out one veterans struggle to get relief from the Veterans Administration, and how we were able to help....more

Wikileaks - Deception and Disinformation?

WIKILEAKS - DECEPTION AND DISINFORMATION? Perhaps more attention than is deserved is being given by government and the media to the release, by Wikileaks, of alleged "secret" diplomatic communications. In this "letter...more

ITAR License Exemption Amended To Allow Hand-Carrying Of Technical Data Outside The United States

On August 27, 2010, the Department of State amended section 125.4(b)(9) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) to clarify an exemption to the license requirement related to the hand-carrying of technical...more

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