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New Dry Dock Sign of Navy’s Pivot to Pacific

DEFENSE: More Ships, Jobs And Defense Work Are LikelyBAE Systems Ship Repair is buying a new, larger dry dock for its Barrio Logan yard, and company officials said they plan to increase the yard’s workforce by as many as 500 people over five years.

By Brad Graves April 3, 2015 1:27 p.m.   $$ Share

This Global Hawk Mission Not Clouded in Secrecy, Just Clouds

NASA plans to dispatch one of its high-altitude, unmanned Global Hawk aircraft to investigate El Niño weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean — and perhaps help the U.S. government fine-tune its weather forecasts.

Navy Completes North Island Maintenance Facility

The U.S. Navy celebrated completion of a 100,000-square-foot helicopter maintenance facility at Naval Air Station North Island on Jan. 21. RQ Construction was the prime contractor.

Northrop Grumman Gets One-Year, $8.2 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a one-year, $8.2 million contract modification in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter system, according to a Jan. 22 Pentagon announcement.

GA-ASI Awarded $34 Million Air Force Contract for Software

The U.S. Air Force placed a $34 million order for unmanned aircraft software with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., using research and development funds.

Great Green Fleet Gets Some Horsepower From Beef Tallow

Where’s the beef? Right now, a humble byproduct of meatpacking is powering U.S. Navy ships on a regular, seven-month deployment in the western Pacific Ocean.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $55.7 Million Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a one-year, $55.7 million contract modification to exercise an option on a project called BACN.

France Buys Predator B From GA-ASI in Deal Worth $43.7 Million

France is buying its second MQ-9 Predator B system from Poway-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., according to a Pentagon contract announcement.

Marines, Navy to Kick Off 'Green Fleet Week' Initiative

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be in Coronado Jan. 20 as the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps kick off their ‘Great Green Fleet’ initiative.

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Cubic Acquisitions Boost Defense Side

DEFENSE: Co. Expects to Double C4ISR Sales in ’17

Cubic Corp. has been on an acquisition spree, snapping up three businesses including an Alabama company whose satellite dishes look like gigantic beach balls. The purchases, however, aren’t mindless. Nor are they fun and games.

Northrop Grumman Gets $8M Navy Contract Modification

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a one-year, $8 million contract modification, exercising an option for software sustainment services for one of its unmanned helicopter systems.

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Northrop to Design, Build Unusual Drone for the Navy

It is equal parts flying wing and helicopter, with a liberal dose of imagination wrapping those elements into one.

Cubic Corp. Awarded Three-Year, $15 Million Contract

Cubic Corp. said Jan. 4 that it won a three-year, $15 million task order to support U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command exercises. Under the deal, Cubic (NYSE: CUB) will help plan, prepare and execute activities as well as provide after-event assessment.

Kratos Announces Executive Appointments, Contract Award

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on Jan. 4 that it named Marie Mendoza vice president and general counsel. Mendoza replaces Deborah S. Butera, who left the company in September.

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NATO Version of Global Hawk Makes First Flight

Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Dec. 19 that its NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Aircraft — a variation of the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft — made its first flight.

Soltek Pacific Construction Receives Navy Task Order Worth $16.7M

Soltek Pacific Construction Co. received a U.S. Navy task order worth $16.7 million, the Pentagon announced Dec. 30.