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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.

LA Police Gear Launches New Website

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

LA Police Gear has launched a new website, powered by BigCommerce. Check it out and don’t forget to stop by the closeout section.


TSSi Hires Carlson as Director of Strategic Initiatives

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Harrisonburg, Virginia, August 9, 2019 – Bill Strang, President and CEO and Mark Good, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing of Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc. (TSSi) announced the addition of Tom Carlson as the Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Carlson is a retired Soldier who served for 26 years, starting as an enlisted Infantryman in the 75th Ranger Regiment. He was then commissioned as an Army Aviator and served in a variety of conventional and special operations leadership, command and staff positions at tactical, operational, and strategic levels. After retiring from the Army, Carlson worked as a manager and business operations professional in the commercial airplane industry before returning to the defense industry in 2016. For the past three years, he gained an extensive and broad base of experiences working across the services in the Pacific Northwest, Western United States, and Pacific Rim.

TSSi is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that has been providing specialized operational equipment and logistics support around the world since 1980. Our mission is to provide mission-focused, time-sensitive, value-added equipment and logistics services solutions, delivered with uncompromising integrity – anytime, anywhere.


Survival Equipment Pioneer Celebrates 40th Birthday

Friday, August 9th, 2019

Andrew Howell, the Managing Director of protective and survival equipment specialists, BCB International Ltd, celebrated with his family and BCB personnel his 40 years at the helm of the business.

Its equipment currently supports the British military as well as a number of foreign ministries of defence. It has been used in the Falklands, Mali and Afghanistan, among other places. The company, which stemmed from one man’s cough syrup has grown to now have over 70 employees across three sites in Wales.

BCB was originally founded in 1854 during the Crimean war, when Dr Brown supplied the troops with Brown’s Cough Bottle (BCB). The company was then taken over by a local chemist, Deryck Howell, in 1949. Forty years ago, his son, the current director of the company, decided to embark on international waters and set up BCB International Ltd.

“I set it up to design a new life raft first aid kit for Avon Inflatables in Llanelli. I thought it would take me 2 weeks; then I was going to go exploring the world,” tells Andrew Howell. “I am still to an extent redesigning the kit – and seeing the world,” he continues.   The energetic Managing Director shows no sign of slowing down. Meeting with international clients, Andrew Howell  regularly travel all around the world – in the past month alone, Andrew Howell and some of his team have  travelled to the Netherlands, Germany, Brunei, French Guiana and Iraq in addition to meeting with prominent political and business figures in the UK.

Andrew Howell’s belief in continuous innovation has led to the development of products such as an eco-friendly biofuel FireDragon, a first of its kind worldwide, a self- inflating body armour system or a non-lethal boat stopping system to aid in peace and security-keeping in marine environments.   

Having recently moved to larger Headquarters, under Andrew Howell’s leadership, the company is extremely well positioned to serve its clients.

Avon To Acquire Ceradyne For $91 Million

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Specifically, Avon Rubber PLC, best known for their CBRN protective masks, will be purchasing 3M’s armor protection business which includes production of helmets and armor plates. It operates three sites within the US and has about 280 employees.

3M developed the Integrated Head Protection System for the US Army, it’s latest ground troop helmet. They also manufacture armor plates for military and law enforcement.

Avon sees that this move, “Significantly widens Avon Protection’s product range in the personal protective equipment segment with a leading brand for next generation ballistic helmets and body Armour,” as well as “Deepens our presence in the U.S. and relationship with the U.S. DOD as a key supplier of ballistic helmets and body armour for the Soldier Protection System (“SPS”).”

The acquisition should be complete by the first half of 2020.

D3O Announces Partnership with RRDS to Bring Leading Impact Protection Directly to the Defense Market End User

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

D3O has just announced a new partnership with RRDS which will allow end-users in North America to purchase D3O protective defense products directly from RRDS. This partnership will enable rapid fulfilment and greater ordering flexibility for customers. For example, in addition to being able to order full 7- or 9-pad helmet pad systems, customers will have the ability to purchase just one or two replacement helmet pads.


Bill VanMullekom, Senior Vice President at D3O US LLC, says: “We’re delighted to now be able to service individual customers online through our new partnership in addition to better servicing larger customers who require rapid fulfilment and distribution. We’re looking forward to seeing further growth in North America with the help of RRDS.”

This partnership marks a continued commitment to growth from D3O in North America which, over the last two years, has expanded its team and presence in the market.

D3O provides a range of Berry Compliant impact protective products which will become available to the North American market through this new partnership. End-users will have the ability to purchase D3O TRUST LP2 Knee, D3O TRUST Nimbus and D3O TRUST Stealth protection directly from the RRDS online store.  

Founded in 2014 and located in Irvine, California, RRDS has a proven track record of delivering top-tier services and assets while focusing on essential matrices such as quality, performance and best value, depending on the unique goals of each customer and the ultimate success of each program. This set of skills and qualifications made them the perfect partner to bring market leading defense products from D3O to North America.

Samir Naqvi, President at RRDS, Inc. stated: “RRDS is eager to see D3O become a staple brand in the defense sector. We plan on leveraging our long-standing relationships with federal agencies and military branches to aid D3O in this venture, utilizing our well-established distribution facility to service the industry. The innovation D3O brings to the market is truly exciting and is serving to advance the world of PPE for the men and women that rely on this gear.”

View the D3O offering on the RRDS website.

View the full Berry Compliant product range from D3O.  

D3O has also signed a partnership with TSSI which will service all areas East of Mississippi River.

GORUCK Moves Some Pack Manufacturing Overseas

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

In a very transparent blog post, Founder & CEO of GORUCK, Jason McCarthy took a deep dive into his brand and the reasons why they’re moving the manufacturing of some of the very popular packs overseas.

BLUF – They want to control consumer pricing, but they’re not abandoning US manufacturing altogether. They are quite clear on that.

There are plenty of benefits to American manufacturing: communication with vendors is easier, quality oversight is easier because they’re closer, there are low minimum order quantities (~75 units vs. 1,000 units), moving to market is quicker, and there’s the support of American jobs, which has always been important to me. We intend to continue to support and utilize our American vendors (we have four), but not for the items that represent real scale for us.

This is a dilemma that everyone who manufactures textiles here in the US eventually faces. Unfortunately, our industrial base just isn’t that large. Additionally, labor is much more expensive here in the United States than elsewhere. Hopefully, we will see additional growth in our capacity to manufacture textile products are in the US, alleviating the need to go overseas at least to deal with capacity issues.

GORUCKS’s path forward is all summed up here:

• We’ll continue to build limited edition GR1’s in the USA; Black GR1’s and a couple other colorways will be built overseas (specifically in Saigon) moving forward. Rucker and GR2: same deal. The price on rucks built overseas will be less, so this is in essence an announcement of some (but not all) overseas manufacturing and a price decrease to our core rucksacks.

• For example, GR1’s Built in the USA version has been at $395. The models built in Saigon will be at $295.

• The model for us, USA vs overseas is this: where we can provide more value through customization and limited edition colorways and features, we’ll build those in the USA. We’ll build classic versions to scale, at quality, overseas.

The big post is well worth the read. Check it out here.

Introducing Crucible Consulting LLC

Monday, August 5th, 2019

We are pleased to announce the public introduction of Crucible Consulting LLC.

Crucible Consulting is a full service consulting and training firm focused on providing experience-based solutions.   Founded by Daniel Bales, James Davis and Timothy Braginton; Crucible Consulting is dedicated to developing quality-training solutions that meet the individualized needs of our clientele.  All three founders are full time law enforcement officers at a large metropolitan agency in Northern Nevada.   With over 25 years of combined Law Enforcement experience, our staff has worked, and is actively working, in many aspects of law enforcement.  Crucible Consulting will rely upon the vast and varied experience of its founders to provide clients with unified, dedicated, and proven training solutions.

Crucible Consulting’s experience with both the development and practical application of customized training solutions uniquely positions us to provide our clients with consultation services.  We are able to evaluate and offer solutions for existing training, equipment and policy.

Crucible Consulting is currently engaged in corporate contract work and private lessons.  

Look for more information regarding open enrollment courses offered by Crucible Consulting in the coming months.  In the meantime please visit us at: www.crucibleconsulting.us or reach out us via email: