Topic Archives: National Security

Protests and Litigation

Applicability of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act

President Trump made headlines in April by signing an Executive Order urging federal agencies to “Buy American and Hire American.”  While this Order makes no substantive legal changes and, for now, appears to be more bark than bite, it should engender in all federal contractors a renewed focus on domestic preference laws.  Determining which domestic ...›

Federal Procurement

The “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, Digested

The domestic-preference provisions of President Donald Trump’s April 18 executive order on “Buy American, Hire American” are ambitious in scope, requiring government-wide action to maximize the use of U.S. goods. While the order’s provisions will prove tricky to effectively implement, it is nonetheless a harbinger of things to come. All government contractors — and especially ...›

International
July 19, 2017National Security

Germany Strengthens Foreign Investment Control: New Rules to Thoroughly Screen Investments in Enlarged Number of Key Industries

Germany ends its longtime liberal approach to foreign investments by increasing its intervention possibilities at national level and by lobbying a stricter regime at the EU level. Since the takeover of German robotics champion KUKA by a Chinese investor last year, the public and political pressure on increasing protection against certain foreign investment was high. ...›

Defense
April 13, 2017National Security

The Russians Are Coming. Again.

The world watched on March 20, 2017, as FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers testified about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election before the House Intelligence Committee. However, as John P. Carlin remarks in this Politico op-ed, the biggest bombshell to come out of the hearing went largely overlooked. ...›

Defense
November 13, 2015Defense, National Security

New Department of Defense Requirements Relating to Supply Chain Risk

On October 30, 2015, the Defense Acquisition Regulations System of the Department of Defense (DoD) published in the Federal Register (80 FR 67244) a final rule (the “Final Rule”) that adopts with changes an interim rule (78 FR 69268) amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement § 806 of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2011, “Requirements for Information Relating to Supply Chain Risk,” as amended by § 806 of the NDAA for FY 2013 (the “Interim Rule”). ...›

Defense
October 30, 2015National Security

Annual Performance Plans Present Contractor Opportunities

The Office of Management and Budget Circular No. A-11, Part 6, requires nearly every government agency to issue Strategic Plans, Annual Performance Plans and Annual Performance Reports. The exceptions are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Government Accountability Office, the Panama Canal Commission, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Postal Regulatory Commission. ...›