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  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    For Those Confused About Sexual Harassment

    By Anne R. Harris
    A colleague recently relayed a conversation with a male business executive client who was seeking clarity on do’s and don’ts to avoid crossing the line with regard to sexual harassment. Kudos for wanting to do the right thing, but this person said things such as, “If I’m on a business trip with a female employee, why can’t I suggest we meet in my hotel room?
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    Problems Persist with Commercial Item Rule

    By Kevin T. Barnett , Bryan Byrd , Jason Workmaster and Ryan Burnette
    On Jan. 31, the Defense Department published a final rule regarding commercial item purchasing. Among other amendments, the rule modifies the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement by: formalizing a presumption of commerciality for items that the department previously treated as commercial; providing commercial treatment to items offered by nontraditional defense contractors; and prioritizing the types of information that the contracting officer can consider when determining price reasonableness in the absence of adequate competition.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    An Assessment Tool for Measuring Ethical Fitness

    By Joan Elise Dubinsky
    It was once said that measuring a corporation’s commitment to ethics was like nailing Jell-O to the wall.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    Pilot Program Will Streamline Contracting

    By Ray Biagini , Herb Fenster , Sandy Hoe and Michelle Willauer
    On Jan. 9, the Defense Department issued Class Deviation 2018-O0009, designed to reduce barriers to entry for innovative entities through streamlining the awards process for research-and-development contracts.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    Contractors Face Changes to Bid Protest Strategies

    By Richard Arnholt and Sylvia Yi
    The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 includes some significant changes affecting contractors, particularly with regard to challenges to requests for proposals and contract awards, otherwise known as “bid protests.”
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    Getting ‘Left of Boom’ on Sexual Misconduct

    By Rachel A. McCaffrey
    The defense community must tackle the threats sexual assault and harassment pose in the same way it attacked the threats posed by improvised explosive devices, by targeting the threat prior to an explosion. We need to get left of boom.
  • Defense Contracting

    March 2018

    Lockheed Martin’s Hewson Declines to Wade into Trade War Debate (UPDATED)

    Lockheed Martin Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson at the company’s annual media day March 5 brushed off questions surrounding a possible trade war that may increase the price of raw materials found in many weapon systems.
  • Air Power

    February 2018

    Lockheed Martin Looking to Reduce Cost of F-35 Sustainment

    Lockheed Martin is making efforts to trim the training and logistics costs for the F-35 joint strike fighter program as the Pentagon warns of sustainment issues.
  • Defense Contracting

    January 2018

    The Case for a Deeply Embedded Ethical Culture

    By Jacob Blass
    In a highly regulated work environment, leadership rarely makes a distinction between compliance and ethics.
  • Defense Department

    January 2018

    Congress Pushes Stronger ‘Buy American’ Rules

    By Jeff Bozman , Justin M. Ganderson and Sandy Hoe
    Back in November, this column reported on several developments related to President Donald Trump’s “Buy American” executive order, which set forth a policy to “maximize … use of goods, products and materials produced in the United States” through federal procurements.
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