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Feds: Defense firm put untrained guards in Iraq

The federal government has joined a whistleblower's lawsuit against a major defense contractor in Iraq.

Tags: DoD , Triple Canopy , whistleblower ,

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 01:52pm EDT

Alcatel-Lucent agrees to pay $4.2M to settle fraud claims

Federal prosecutors said the company submitted misleading test certificates concerning the design and construction of a 911 emergency response system in Iraq.

Tags: Alcatel-Lucent , DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive , Justice Department , fraud , industry

Monday - 09/24/2012, 09:00am EDT

Iraq receives 9 Mi-A1 Abrams tanks

This completes an order of 140 tanks from the U.S. The pricetag for the deal was $860 million, with the U.S. picking up $60 million.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive , Abrams tanks

Friday - 08/31/2012, 08:43am EDT

Small contractors could be hit hardest under planned Defense spending cuts

Small and medium-sized contractors and suppliers receive 75 percent of appropriated dollars for defense or military programs. But these small businesses, who lack the lobbying power of top- tier defense contractors, may suffer more from sequestration than big companies.

Tags: defense , defense spending , defense contractor , defense contracting , budget , acquisition , sequestration , Lockheed Martin , Boeing , Mackenzie Eaglen , AEI

Monday - 07/30/2012, 09:19pm EDT
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DOJ to seek new indictment in Blackwater shooting

The Justice Department plans to bring a new indictment against four Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a 2007 shooting that killed 17 Iraqis. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina had thrown out the case in 2009, but an appeals court reinstated the charges last year.

Tags: DoJ , Blackwater , Academi , Ricardo Urbina , industry

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 11:17am EDT

State's lack of middle managers risks diplomacy

The State Department has a gap in its work force. It has too few experienced, mid-level career foreign service employees. It's the result of several factors...and it's a serious problem.

Tags: GAO , State Departement , workforce , Federal Drive , Afghanistan , Pakistan , budget

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 01:25pm EDT
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Army, Marine Corps look to replace Humvee

Despite planned budget cuts, the military is moving ahead to design a new tactical truck to replace the Humvee, which is vulnerable to roadside bombs and isn't expected meet the demands of future conflicts.

Tags: Humvee , armored truck , acquisition , DoD Report , budget , GAO , Army , USMC , DoD , Afghanistan , Federal Drive , Amanda Iacone

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 03:57pm EDT

Court to hear appeal of Marine in Iraqi killing

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ordered a review requested by Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, who claimed in a petition that his constitutional rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer for seven days during his interrogation, and that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unlawfully influenced his case after his conviction.

Tags: DoD , Marine Corp , Ray Mabus , Lawrence Hutchins ,

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 12:44am EDT

From DoD to State: Agencies break new contracting ground in Iraq

In a first-ever interview, key officials from the Departments of Defense and State responsible for planning the transition to a diplomatic-led mission in Iraq discuss how the two agencies coordinated one of the largest overseas logistical operations since World War II. The article is the first part in Federal News Radio's special report, Trial by Fire: Overseas Contracting in Transition, part of the series, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

Tags: DoD , State , contingency contracting , Catherine Ebert-Gray , Gary Motsek , acquisition , contracting , Iraq drawdown , Commission on Wartime Contracting , SIGIR , LOGCAP , Tommy Marks

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 04:29pm EDT
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Ex-Marine aims camera at self to heal from the war

An ex-Marine filmmaker whose unit carried pocket digital cameras into some of the worst fighting in Iraq is using that footage, and post-war interviews, to open viewers' eyes about combat and help himself deal with the lasting emotional impact.

Tags: DoD , Marine Corps , people ,

Friday - 04/27/2012, 05:00am EDT
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