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In their own affairs, government officials prize secrecy. But when it comes to guarding the secrets of others, well, that’s another kettle of fish, according to one multibillion-dollar defense contractor. Raytheon Co. is suing the Army in federal court for allegedly releasing company trade secrets to a Virginia-based marketing research firm. In a complaint filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Raytheon alleges that the Army illegally surrendered the company’s pricing and delivery information to FedSources, which supplies government contractors — notably, Raytheon’s competition — with market intelligence and consultation services. The Army mailed FedSources the information earlier this month, but the company has agreed not to open the parcel until Judge Rosemary Collyer rules on the matter, according to the complaint. Raytheon is asking Collyer to force FedSources to destroy the information and prevent the Army from handing over similar information in the future. After FedSources had requested the data under the Freedom of Information Act in July, the Army plucked it from Raytheon’s five-year contract with the military to produce thermal weapon-mounted sights, according to court documents. Raytheon argues that much of the contract is protected under the Trade Secrets Act. The disclosure is “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with the law,” Raytheon’s counsel, Kristin Ittig of Arnold & Porter, wrote in the complaint. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Baldrate, who is handling the case for the Army, could not be reached for comment.
Joe Palazzolo can be contacted at [email protected].

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