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General Dynamics Forces Employees on Army Base to Attend Anti-Union Meetings

Noel Brinkerhoff  All Gov June 29, 2012
With the complicity of the U.S. Army, a defense contractor has forced its employees to attend anti-union meetings on a military base in Washington State.

About 120 civilian workers at Fort Lewis will vote today whether to join Local 286 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). For the past six months, however, the workers’ employer—General Dynamics—has required them to attend meetings on the base that hammer home the message: unions are bad.

Among the faults cited by the defense contractor is the claim that if the employees vote to unionize, General Dynamics will lose its Stryker combat vehicle deal with the Army. The company received $19 billion in government contracts last year.

According to a story by Mike Elk of In These Times, the Army offered no comment and “has not taken a position on these meetings nor the claims that the workers voting to join a union would make them less attractive to the Army.”

One worker, former Marine Jason Croic, who now works at Fort Lewis, said “it’s bullshit the way they [General Dynamics] are talking to us,” adding: “You think when it’s prior military veterans who have done their part, they wouldn’t do this kind of thing to us.”

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June 29, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense, Government Contractor | , , , | Leave a comment

General Dynamics to buy Force Protection for $360 million

(Reuters) November 7, 2011

Defense contractor General Dynamics (GD.N) said it would buy smaller rival Force Protection Inc (FRPT.O) for $360 million to expand its armored vehicle business.

Shares of Force Protection, which also swung to a quarterly profit, rose to $5.60 in pre-market trading, surpassing the offer price of $5.52 a share. General Dynamics’ offer is 31 percent more than Force Protection shares’ Friday closing price.

The deal for Force Protection comes as concerns linger over

massive defense budget cuts and an expected withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Force Protection, known for its Buffalo, Cougar and Ocelot brands of armored vehicles, on Monday posted a quarterly profit above analysts’ expectations.

The company ended the quarter with a funded backlog of $652 million and said it has “full visibility” for the delivery of about 100 Buffalos per year for both 2012 and 2013, with more shipments expected through April 2014.

General Dynamics, which makes armored vehicles, ships and business jets, expects the deal to add to earnings in 2012.

Force Protection, which has delivered more than 3,000 vehicles under the U.S. military’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program, will become a part of General Dynamics Land Systems, which makes Abrams main battle tanks and Stryker infantry combat vehicles.

November 7, 2011 Posted by | Government Contractor | , , | Leave a comment

Defense Company Sales Hit by U.S. Debt Deal

Bloomberg   Aug 16, 2011

Nine of the biggest names in the U.S. defense industry receive more than 70 percent of their revenue from the federal government and have the most to lose in the budget cuts approved by Congress this month, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

For these defense contractors, it’s a replay of the 1990s, when the Cold War ended and the Pentagon slashed spending by a third. For government contractors in all industries, however, the stakes are significant.

“For some companies, the consequences are going to be large,” said Peter Morici, former chief economist at theInternational Trade Commission and a business professor at the University of Maryland. “They’re going to have to sell to the private sector, and that’s not going to be easy for them.”

When it raised the debt limit earlier this month, Congress cut $917 billion in spending over the next decade. A special congressional panel is expected to convene in September to try to identify another $1.5 trillion of cuts.

The hardest-hit group probably will be the defense industry, which received the biggest chunk of the $532 billion in federal contracts last fiscal year, a sum that exceeds the budgets of the five largest states combined.

Nine companies with a market capitalization of $1 billion or more receive at least 70 percent of their revenue from the U.S. government, according to data compiled by Bloomberg:ManTech International Corp. (MANT), Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. (BAH),Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC), Raytheon Co. (RTN), CACI International Inc.,Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT), Oshkosh Corp. (OSK), Harris Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. (GD) Three of those — ManTech, Booz Allen and Northrop Grumman — count on the federal government for more than 90 percent of their revenue

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August 17, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense, Government Contractor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

General Dynamics’ New IT Contract

By Zack’s Equity Research May 11,2011

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (GDAnalyst Report) received a five-year contract for $83.6 million to provide information technology (IT) enterprise network services to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).  The contract has a ceiling value of $125 million.

Through the contract, General Dynamics will provide enterprise-wide network support services to manage USSOCOM’s global enterprise IT infrastructure. The support will come in the form of providing data, voice and video communications networks for USSOCOM headquarters, the service component commands, the Theater Special Operation commands and subordinate organizations. Work performed will consist mostly of systems and network engineering, operations and maintenance, and technology refreshes. The company will also operate the Global Network Control Center on behalf of USSOCOM.

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May 11, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contracts Awarded, Government Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment

Suit against Floridian over South Africa car crash belongs in Bergen County

North Jersey.com  April 11, 2011

A Florida man who allegedly caused a car crash in South Africa that injured two New Jersey residents can be sued in Bergen County courts, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The unanimous ruling settled a dispute over venue in an unusual personal-injury case. The accident occurred outside the United States, but all the parties involved are American citizens or corporations.

For the plaintiffs, Amin Yousef of Budd Lake and Crane Robinson of Oxford Township, the decision means a shot at a much bigger award than they could have won in courts in South Africa, where judgments for compensatory damages, in the words of Justice Barry T. Albin, “are far less generous that those in New Jersey.”

Yousef and Robinson were civilian employees of the U.S. Army working on a project in South Africa five years ago, according to court papers.

Their business brought them together with a Florida resident, David Edmonds, who worked for General Dynamics-Ordinance and Tactical Systems, Inc., a defense contractor.

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April 11, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , | Leave a comment

No Immunity for Weapons Maker in Fatal Explosion

Courthouse News

CN) – Weapons maker General Dynamics may be liable after an accidental explosion in an Army training exercise killed one soldier and injured three others, the 9th Circuit ruled Tuesday.
After a federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against General Dynamics, the company claimed it was entitled to immunity as a government defense contractor.
But the federal appeals court in San Francisco denied the appeal, finding that the government contractor defense does not confer immunity, and that the weapons maker can’t appeal the denial of summary judgment based on disputed facts.
Martin Marietta Aluminum Sales, a predecessor of the Virginia-based General Dynamics, manufactured the mortar cartridge, which exploded prematurely at the Hawaii training camp in 2006.
The explosion killed Staff Sgt. Oscar Rodriguez and injured Samuel Oyola-Perez, Julius Riggins and Wilfredo Dayandante.
Experts testified in federal court that the 81mm mortar cartridge may have gone off during the live-fire exercise because of material defects or because the mortar was double-loaded.
In dismissing General Dynamic’s appeal, the three-judge appellate panel ruled that “the government contractor defense is not a grant of immunity and that the district court denied summary judgment on the basis of a disputed issue of material fact.”
The government contractor defense applies only to a strict set of circumstances, specifically when the government has set precise specifications for the contractor and it’s clear that the equipment meets those specifications, according to the ruling.
“Here, there is no proof to establish as a matter of law that the equipment conformed to the government’s precise specifications,” Judge Consuelo Callahan wrote. “In fact, the plaintiffs’ expert determined that the premature explosion was caused by a defect in the cartridge body, voiding or cracking in the high explosive filling, or a foreign body in the high explosive filling. This evidence could allow a finding of noncompliance with the government’s precise specifications.”
Callahan added that even if the panel treated the government contractor defense as a claim of qualified immunity, it lacks jurisdiction to “review an interlocutory appeal of a denial of qualified immunity.”
“Here, the district court’s denial of summary judgment rested on its finding that there is a disputed issue of material fact as to whether the cause of the explosion was double loading, a defect in the cartridge at the manufacturing stage, or some other cause,” she wrote.
“This ruling raises factual issues, rather than legal questions, and thus would not be reviewable on interlocutory appeal.”
The panel dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. General Dynamics’ request that the court treat the appeal as a petition for an extraordinary writ of mandamus also failed, as the company could not “make the type of extraordinary showing required” for the court to do so.  Please see the original report here

November 30, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Department of Defense Announces Latest Contract Awards March 22 2010

U.S. Department of Defense Announces Latest Contract Awards

by Veterans Today

CONTRACTS: NAVY

Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Mass., is being awarded a $28,144,958 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00039-08-C-0115) for eight Submarine High Data Rate Antenna Systems.  Work will be performed in Marlborough, Mass. (69 percent) and St. Petersburg, Fla. (31 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2010.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured because Raytheon developed the submarine antenna under contract N00039-04-D-0033, which was competitively awarded Oct. 23, 1996.  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.    See all contracts awarded at Veterans Today

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Contracts Awarded | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment