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New Cyber Strategy Issued By Pentagon

In a speech at Stanford University on April 23, 2015, Department of Defense (“DoD” or the “Pentagon”) Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the Pentagon’s new cyber strategy (the “Strategy”) and called on the technology sector to...more

Secretary Of Homeland Security Seeks Cooperation Between Public And Private Sectors In Fight Against Cybercriminals

On April 21, 2015, Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the annual RSA Conference 2015. In his remarks, Johnson explained that, while the DHS was established primarily to focus on...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #4

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

Revision of UK Military List of Controlled Items

The list of military goods, software and technology that are subject to export controls has been revised on 24 March 2015. The changes have been made through the Export Control (Amendment) Order 2015 which replaces Schedule 2...more

U.S. Export Policy for Commercial and Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

On February 17, the Obama Administration announced a new U.S. export control policy for military and commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("UAVs"). The policy, the details of which have not been released, reportedly includes...more

Electronic waste rules could help thwart flow of counterfeit parts

As highlighted in a report by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, a flood of counterfeit electronic parts from China threatens the reliability of sophisticated defense technologies from thermal weapon sights to advanced...more

U.S. Regulators Face European Competition On UAV

Just as the commercial space and satellite industry in the United States during the 1990s was hurt by export restrictions on its products, the country's commercial unmanned aerial vehicle ("UAV") industry may soon fall behind...more

Military Electronics Export Reform: Let the Chips Fall Where They May

Every time there is a new round of reforms under the President’s Export Control Reform initiative, we hear the same advice: - Controls on certain items are eliminated or reduced (which creates new opportunities for...more

"Expansion of Military End-Use Controls Creates Potential Pitfalls for Exporters"

On November 7, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a final rule implementing controls on exports, re-exports and transfers of a variety of goods, software and technologies for...more

New Export Control Requirement for Electronics Manufacturers in Defense and Aerospace Industries

The State and Commerce Departments recently issued significant new regulations under Export Control Reform affecting the export control requirement for military electronics. These will have a major impact on manufacturers 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

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

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

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

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

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

US Withdrawal from Iraq Raises Questions about Future of Biometric Database

President Obama's address on the end of the combat mission in Iraq has left open the question of what will happen to the massive biometric databases on Iraqis, assembled by the United States, during the course of the...more

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