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Former ADS Inc CEO Agrees To Pay US Government $20 Mil to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Fraudulent Procurement of Small Business Contracts

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The US Department of Justice announced that Luke Hillier, founder and former CEO and majority owner of Virginia Beach-based ADS Inc has agreed to pay the United States $20 million to settle allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by fraudulently obtaining federal set-aside contracts reserved for small businesses.

The government alleged that Hillier caused ADS to falsely represent that it qualified as a small business concern when it failed to do so, including due to its alleged affiliations with a number of other entities.  The United States alleged that, as a result of Hillier’s representations, his company was awarded numerous small business set-aside contracts for which it was ineligible.       

The settlement announced today resolves a lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act, which permits private parties to file suit on behalf of the United States for false claims and share in a portion of the government’s recovery.  The lawsuit was filed by Ameliorate Partners LLP in federal district court in the District of Columbia and is captioned United States ex rel. Ameliorate Partners, LLP v. ADS Tactical, Inc. et al., Case No. 13-cv-1880 (D.D.C.).  Ameliorate Partners will receive $3.6 million from the settlement with Hillier.  

The government previously resolved related claims stemming from the same case against ADS for $16 million, and Charles Salle, the former general counsel of ADS, has agreed to pay $225,000 to resolve claims arising from his role in the alleged scheme. 

DoJ states that the claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.

2019 Warrior East Keynote Address by ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret) was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Warrior EAST Expo.

The subject was 21st Century Leadership, with particular emphasis on challenges.

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He began by saying that challenges will be unexpected, move with gravity, emphasis and change. He demonstrated that by discussing the 9/11 attacks. On that day, he was a brand new One-Star in the Pentagon. He looked out his window and watched the aircraft fly into the building, striking it not far from his office. He was in one of the safest places on earth and yet, it was attacked. The world is still feeling the consequences of that day with the challenge of countering Islamic extremism.

ADM Stavridis went on to discuss current and future challenges in the Middle East which include Iranian expansionism and the Syrian humanitarian crisis. This latter conflict ties into Russian manipulation and its incursion into the Ukraine.

The next challenge he discussed is drug trafficking. While he feels that drug use is a personal decision, his concern is the proceeds of that trafficking and its effect on fragile democracies. He should know, as the Commander of US Southern Command he saw how drug trafficking undermined the government of Colombia.

ADM Stavridis went on to mention pandemics. Based on his story, we are due another. A century ago, Spanish influenza affected 40% of the world’s population.

He feels we can negotiate with China to deal with the issues of trade and intellectual property. Interestingly, he believes the US and China will work together to deal with North Korea.

Cyber security keeps him awake at night. Multiple countries have been victims of significant cyber attacks. Our power grid is particularly vulnerable, as is our personal information.

Here at home, he believes political gridlock is a major concern. Our political parties and even branches of governments rent working well together.

ADM Stavridis went over tools for the 21st century leader. He believes that the most significant tool for a 21st century leader is the ability to listen, to both subordinates and adversaries.

Second is education, with reading as a means of self-education. Books and reading matter deeply. He suggested everyone read, “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media” by Peter Singer.

Next is innovation. One form of innovation he used at SOUTHCOM was engagement. In particular, he used sports outreach across Central America and the Caribbean, with military team members. In Afghanistan, his technique was literacy programs for the ANA, with a goal of bringing basic trainees to a third grade reading level. His experience is that only one in four innovations works, but it’s imperative to reward innovators and to share the stories of success.

Good leaders are also good communicators. He sees communication as a bridge, with information going both directions. What he refers to as alignment is key; how the information will be received by the audience. Communication is most of all, personal.

He moved on to collaboration. It’s complicated and hard. It might be with current partners. It might involve non-traditional partners. It might be a form of outreach.

Finally, he mentioned values. Leaders must uphold values. He suggested we all list our heroes and next to their name, put the reason why. Then, conduct a self-assessment of how we are doing compared to those we look up to.

Good leaders believe in hope. Napoleon said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” The Admiral said, “that sums up a leader.”

No matter the attribute he listed, across the board, all of his points were intertwined.

Admiral James Stavridis served as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University since its founding in 1933. A retired 4-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, piracy, and cybersecurity. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. In 2016, Admiral Stavridis was vetted as a Vice Presidential candidate by the Hilary Clinton campaign, and after the election was invited to meet with President-Elect Trump to discuss a cabinet-level position in the Trump Administration.

Earlier in his military career, he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. Admiral Stavridis earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations and has published six books and over two hundred articles in leading journals around the world. His 2012 TED talk has over 700K hits, and he speaks Spanish and French. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. He also joined The Carlyle Group as an Operating Executive and serves as the Chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st Century.

2019 Warrior EAST

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

We’re kicking off our coverage of the 2019 Warrior EAST Expo, presented by ADS, Inc.

Warfighter Countdown – Warrior EAST Keynote Speaker, ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Warrior EAST kicks off tomorrow morning (10-11 July, 2019 at the Va Beach Convention Center) with keynote speaker ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret) at 9:00 AM.

A distinguished leader and longest-serving global combatant commander in recent American military history, James Stavridis provides answers and strategies to address the most pressing global affairs challenges.

Admiral James Stavridis served as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University since its founding in 1933. A retired 4-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, piracy, and cybersecurity. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. In 2016, Admiral Stavridis was vetted as a Vice Presidential candidate by the Hilary Clinton campaign, and after the election was invited to meet with President-Elect Trump to discuss a cabinet-level position in the Trump Administration.

Earlier in his military career, he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. Admiral Stavridis earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations and has published six books and over two hundred articles in leading journals around the world. His 2012 TED talk has over 700K hits, and he speaks Spanish and French. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. He also joined The Carlyle Group as an Operating Executive and serves as the Chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st Century.

Register on site, see you there!

Warfighter Countdown – Getting Permission To Attend

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Warrior EAST is THIS week. Most everyone already has their travel plans all set, but some may still want to come. After all, Virginia Beach is a few hours drive from many East Coast-based units and agencies.

Since it’s a last minute thing for some of you, you may need to reassure your supervisor that it’s worthwhile.

Here are some ideas to help out:

Download the Widely Attended Gathering letter to highlight the benefits of Warrior Expo.

Need to demonstrate that you are the best person to attend? Sign up for an educational course that will benefit you professionally.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to attend this event?

There is no charge or admission fee for this event. You should seek guidance from your designated agency ethics official (DAEO) as to whether your attendance to this event is permitted under your agency’s widely attended gathering (WAG) rule and obtain any determinations required by such rule or other applicable regulations.

How many anticipated attendees and from which sectors are they?

More than 5,500 invitations will be distributed to individuals from Government, private industry, non-profit organizations, and the media. We anticipate approximately 3,000 attendees with approximately 55 percent from the Department of Defense, federal, state and local government agencies, 40 percent from private industry and 5 percent from other groups, such as allied international government, non-profit organizations, and media.

Is this event in the interest of the agency because it will further agency programs and operations?

For more than a decade, the purpose of Warrior Expo has been to showcase the latest industry-leading equipment and services solutions to end users, program managers and procurement specialists that are designed to help them meet their operational requirements as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. This event also provides quality training and education in both structured classroom environments and open area training and demonstrations. These hands-on and classroom learning opportunities focus on topics related to technology, procurement, professional and personal growth. All classes are led by a training company with more than 20 years of experience in leading defense and industry personnel in their professional development.

Will individuals in attendance represent a range of persons interested in a given matter?

The event is structured to represent a broad scope of the industry and Government-specific exhibits, educational sessions, and demonstrations related to operational equipment, logistics, and mission support. We have invited more than 200 key exhibitors from the industrial and manufacturing base that have developed the latest technology to address warfighter capabilities and requirements. Solution categories range from operational clothing and individual equipment (OCIE), C4ISR, medical and expeditionary operations, to unmanned systems technology and special missions such as explosive ordnance disposal (EOD).

Members of DOD, Federal, state and local agencies, first responders, U.S. allied foreign military organizations and government defense contractors will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, as well as hear from, ask questions and be educated by subject matter experts about the latest advancements in operational equipment, logistics support and procurement strategies to support their mission requirements.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up on site once you arrive.

OSS Suppressors Added to ADS Inc’s GSA Contract

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Millcreek, UT – June 25, 2019   OSS Suppressors LLC has been added to ADS Inc.’s Schedule 84 contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the procurement arm of the federal government. The contract allows federal, state and local government entities to quickly and efficiently purchase OSS Suppressors and accessories.

“We are very pleased to have been added to ADS Inc.’s schedule with GSA. Our weapon suppressors and accessories are now available to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies at pre-negotiated terms and conditions,” said Dennis Cunningham, OSS Director of Government Business Development and Sales. “We’re proud of the government and law enforcement contracts OSS has secured to date, and we will be able to secure even more of them via ADS Inc.’s GSA schedule.”

“OSS suppressors — with our patented Flow-Through™ technology — deliver superior sound suppression without affecting the performance of the weapon system, as can happen with traditional baffle suppressors. Law enforcement and military customers have praised the absence of toxic blowback, no weapons mods required, the enhanced shooting experience and the improved accuracy with our 556, 762, 338 and Magnum suppressors” said John Spurrier, CEO of OSS Suppressors.   

The GSA contract number is GS-07F-5965P, Mod PO-0763, dated 5/29/2019.

Warfighter Countdown – Networking

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

No matter EAST or WEST, Warrior Expo is a great place to network, bringing together end users, procurement specialists, and industry.

In addition to two days on the show floor with multiple opportunities to attend training and forums, attendees are also invited to the Warrior Bash, a unique, secure, and hassle-free networking opportunity. It’s a low-key event in the evening that offers the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the most influential people in the defense industry.

Register for Warrior EAST here warriorexpo.com/east-register.

Warfighter Countdown – Demos At Warrior EAST

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Warrior EAST is known for its live simulation demos and this year’s event is no different! Outside of the demo schedule, Warrior EAST-goers can expect some surprising last minute additions.

In years past, BeaverFit and Divine K-9 did a breach and rappelling demo from BeaverFit’s Mobile Training Locker.

Dynamis Alliance is also known to put on a few hand-to-hand demonstrations throughout the day.

Don’t miss out! Register at warriorexpo.com/east-register.