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General Atomics Gets Contract to Assist French Air Force

The U.S. Air Force, acting on behalf of the French air force, arranged for a year of contractor logistics support for France’s MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft with the aircraft’s builder, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway.

Biocom Institute Seeking Applicants for Veterans Mentoring Program

The Biocom Institute, the educational and workforce development arm of the life sciences trade association Biocom, is now accepting applications from military personnel interested in participating in its Veteran Career Mentoring Program.

U.S. Army Awards Contract for Training to Cubic Corp.

The U.S. Army steered millions of dollars of training work to Cubic Corp. over the last several months, the San Diego company reported on Oct. 23.

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Two Companies Get Clearance to Bid for Certain Defense Contracts

Two companies — Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Information Systems Sector and Computer Sciences Corp. — received indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts letting them bid on software engineering work worth tens of millions of dollars.

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Northrop Grumman Reports Successful Tests of Roadside-Bomb Jamming Device

Northrop Grumman Corp. said on Oct. 16 that its JCREW system — an electronic signal jammer designed to foil roadside bombs — made it through an extensive battery of tests at five Defense Department facilities in preparation for deployment in 2015.

Military Compensation Average Outpaces Civilian Pay Locally

DEFENSE: Total Said to Be $15.5B According to Study

San Diego’s active duty military personnel are “a force for good,” as the Navy says in a televised ad, and especially good for the local economy.

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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Announces Several Contracts

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. announced several contract wins in the seven-day span of Oct. 9-15.

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Playing Defense And Offense

Companies Can Benefit From Learning How To Commercialize Their Military Innovations

Cubic Corp., SeaBotix Inc. and ViaSat Inc. have business models that other defense contractors might want to study — even emulate — as San Diego’s defense sector rolls into what promises to be some rollicking, budget-cutting years.

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Cubic Corp. Appoints Marshall CIO, VP

Cubic Corp. said that it appointed Jan Marshall as vice president and chief information officer.

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Air Force Defends Its Reaper Drone Purchases

The U.S. Air Force rebutted a Department of Defense Inspector General’s report alleging that the Air Force is buying too many Reaper drones from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

BRAC Looming On Budget Horizon

DEFENSE: Region Leaders Prepare for Next Round of Cuts

Pressure is building for a new military base closure round, perhaps in the post-election years of 2017 or 2019.

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Northrop Grumman Gets $306.1 Million Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force said on Oct. 1 that it awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $306.1 million, sole-source contract to provide logistics services and sustainment for the Air Force’s Global Hawk unmanned spy aircraft.

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Kratos Gets $8.5M Military Contract for Communications Systems

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said that it received an $8.5 million contract award for communication systems for certain airborne assets.

Job Options Inc. Receives $10.1M Navy Contract Modification

The U.S. Navy announced Oct. 3 that it awarded a $10.1 million, one-year modification to a contract with Job Options Inc., a nonprofit agency, to provide custodial services at the Naval Medical Center and various branch medical clinics and dental clinics around the San Diego area.

Nassco Training Program Tests Workers' Mettle In Ship Work

General Dynamics Nassco has gotten back into the habit of hiring and training workers, as its new construction backlog has grown.