Sen. David Perdue Helped Defense Contractor and Sold Off Its Stock

Right before he was put in charge of a powerful Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the U.S. Navy, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) began buying up stock in a company that made submarine parts. And once he began work on a bill that ultimately directed additional Navy funding for one of the firm’s specialized products, Perdue sold off the stock, earning him tens of thousands of dollars in profits.

In January 2019, Perdue was named as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower. It was good home-state politics for Perdue: Georgia is home to one of the most important Naval facilities on the East Coast, the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. And his appointment was seen as a win for the submarine segment of the Navy, with trade publications calling it a “coup” for submariners.

But in the month before he took over the job, Perdue did

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Defense Contractor Specializing in Components for Jet Engines & Tank Vehicles Listed by Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers – Press Release

Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers recently listed a Northeast-based defense contractor specializing in components for jet engines and track vehicles. The company has experienced dramatic growth of 442% since 2018. Their growth is the result of seeking out projects with which DoD has traditionally had problems. They seek to supply a better product and become the sole provider of the part. Learn more here. 

The company successfully won a contract previously held by another defense contractor whose sales are $20B+ and became the sole source. After winning contracts, the company bids on similar components with great success. They have several long-term contracts, which range from 1 to 5 years, many of which have just started and have plenty of runway left. These contracts represent approximately $3.9M in future sales. One sole-source product is used in military vehicles in every branch of the military. 

About Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc.: 

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No SECDEF with defense contractor ties, House progressives ask of Biden

Two House progressives have asked President-elect Joe Biden to select a secretary of defense without a history of employment through defense contractors.

Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Mark Pocan, D-Wis., argued in a letter sent Tuesday that recent Pentagon chiefs have been too strongly linked to the defense industry.

“The most recent Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, who was fired by Donald Trump yesterday, was employed as a lobbyist for Raytheon prior to being appointed,” Lee and Pocan wrote. “His predecessor, Patrick Shanahan, was a 30-year Boeing executive … And Jim Mattis, President Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, served on the board of General Dynamics for four years before being noticed by the president.”

Nearly half of all senior Pentagon officials are connected to military contractors, the two House representatives added, later referencing President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address, which warned against ceding unwarranted influence to the military-industrial complex.

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Overnight Defense: 5 US service members killed in international peacekeeping helicopter crash in Egypt | Progressives warn Biden against Defense nominee with contractor ties

Happy Thursday and welcome to Overnight Defense. I’m Rebecca Kheel, and here’s your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the newsletter.



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Overnight Defense: 5 US service members killed in international peacekeeping helicopter crash in Egypt | Progressives warn Biden against Defense nominee with contractor ties | Trump executive order to ban investment in Chinese military-linked companies

THE TOPLINE: Five U.S. service members were among seven international peacekeepers killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

The helicopter belonged to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), an international peacekeeping body that monitors the 40-year-old peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.

The Pentagon and MFO initially said six U.S. members were killed, but the Pentagon said Thursday evening five were killed and one was injured.

“At this point, there is no information to

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Herndon defense contractor acquires cyberservices provider

ManTech International Corp. acquires Minerva Engineering

Herndon-based ManTech International Corp. has completed its acquisition of Minerva Engineering, a provider of advanced cybersolutions.

Headquartered in Hanover, Maryland, Minerva Engineering offers a range of advanced cyberservices that support the intelligence community (IC), including risk and vulnerability assessment, incident response and cyberintrusion detection, and wireless signal discovery.

ManTech says the acquisition will expand its cyberdefense capabilities within the IC, adding new customers, new past performance qualifications, mission-critical contracts and add to its cybersecurity talent base.

“We are pleased to add Minerva Engineering’s talented people and significant customers into the ManTech family,” ManTech Chairman, CEO and President Kevin M. Phillips said in a statement. “The addition of Minerva Engineering is highly complementary and further builds upon our differentiated cyber offering, delivering more to our customers while positioning us for continued growth.”

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Progressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties

A pair of progressive House Democrats is urging President-elect Joe Biden not to nominate a Pentagon chief who has previously worked for a defense contractor.



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Progressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties

“Respectfully, and in full agreement with your past statements, we write to request that the next secretary of Defense, have no prior employment history with a defense contractor,” Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter to Biden released Thursday.

Pocan is the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Lee is the caucus’ chairwoman emeritus.

As House members, Pocan and Lee will not get a vote on Biden’s eventual nominee. But the letter signals the progressive position on the woman widely seen as Biden’s likely choice, Michele Flournoy.

Flournoy, who was under secretary of Defense for policy in the Obama administration, co-founded consultant group WestExec

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Progressive lawmakers ask Biden not to pick defense secretary with contractor background

Progressive lawmakers are urging President-elect Joe Biden not to pick a defense secretary with a contractor background, saying that national security “should not be defined” by corporate interest.

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., penned a letter to Biden on Thursday, noting that each defense secretary under the Trump administration had worked for a defense contractor at some point in their careers, claiming there has been a “revolving door” between the private sector and the Pentagon.

“Respectfully, and in full agreement with your past statements, we write to request that the next Secretary of Defense have no prior employment history with a defense contractor,” Pocan and Lee wrote.

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They went on to note that former

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Defense Contractor Hacking More Expansive Than First Thought

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Fraud Management & Cybercrime

‘Operation North Star’ Hackers Used Fresh Tools Against Specific Targets

Countries targeted by hackers during ‘Operation North Star’ (Source: McAfee)

A hacking operation that targeted defense contractors earlier this year was more expansive than first thought, with hackers using never-before-seen malicious tools to target specific victims, according to an updated analysis by security firm McAfee.

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In July, McAfee researchers detailed a sophisticated hacking operation dubbed “Operation North Star,” which used fake job offer emails to target employees of aerospace and defense firms. This particular campaign ran from March 31 and appears to have stopped by May 18 (see: North Korean Hackers Targeted US Aerospace, Defense Firms).


The original McAfee analysis

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Defense Overnight: National Guard troops activated in 16 states | Generals tamp down election fears

Happy Tuesday and welcome to Overnight Defense. I’m Ellen Mitchell, and here’s your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the newsletter.



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Defense Overnight: National Guard troops activated in 16 states | Generals tamp down election fears | Taiwan approved for $600M drone sale

THE TOPLINE: Happy Election Day!

More than 3,600 National Guard service members have been activated across the country ahead of possible civil unrest after the polls close.

At least 16 states have Guard troops at the ready for a range of missions, from cybersecurity support to assisting at polling locations out of uniform. They are also on standby in case of protests on election night or later this week.

The National Guard is involved with election-related activities since federal law prohibits active-duty military from enforcing order domestically.

Continued use: Guard

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OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Administration notifies Congress it plans to approve F-35 sale to UAE | VMI votes to remove Stonewall Jackson statue after allegations of racism

Happy Thursday and welcome to Overnight Defense. I’m Ellen Mitchell, and here’s your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond.



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OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Administration notifies Congress it plans to approve F-35 sale to UAE | VMI votes to remove Stonewall Jackson statue after allegations of racism| House defense panel chairman: Trump has ‘no plan’ to leave Afghanistan by Christmas

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THE TOPLINE: The Trump administration is moving ahead with a planned F-35 fighter jet sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a move that could potentially tip the scales of military power in the Middle East.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) on Thursday confirmed that the administration had informally notified Congress of the sale, which would allow the UAE to buy the fifth-generation fighter jet, currently owned only by Israel

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