Brad Graves

Reporter & Special Sections Editor

Email: bradg@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6359 Extension: 3102

Recent Stories

Cubic Interactive Tests the Waters Of Advertising and Loyalty Programs

Reaches a Captive Audience on Transit Systems

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Kratos and Partners Win a Spot on Army GTACS Deal

22 Teams to Compete for Communications Work

Navy Taps Northrop Grumman to Build More Triton Aircraft

DEFENSE: $172 Million Deal Includes Operating Base; Tritons Deployed To the Pacific

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Cubic Tallies $329M In Q1 Sales, Stands Behind Guidance

Net Loss of $21M Due, in Part, to Program Investments

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Trio of Shipyards To Split Up $275M Of Repair Contract

Work Goes to GD NASSCO, BAE and Huntington Ingalls

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Viasat Handheld Radios to Help Special Operators

Air Force Contract for BATS-D Has $93M Cap

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Old Town Attraction Gains New Lease

TOURISM: Train Layout, Set in 1959, to Get a Modern Marketing Push

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Qualcomm Earns $925M; Revenue Is $5.1B

WIRELESS: At Least $4.9B of Revenue Seen in Current Quarter

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Cubic Shareholders Consider Board Composition, Pay

LEADERSHIP: Since Late 2019, 4 Out of 9 Directors Have Been Women

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Cybersecurity Certification Has Contractors Talking

Pentagon Is Pushing for Audits of All Suppliers

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Big Business Wants to Play in Health Care’s Sandbox

HEALTH CARE: Kaiser, Sharp Have Retail Presence; Tech Companies See Data

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Northrop Grumman Receives $217M Electronics Deal

Contractor Will Operate and Support ‘Wi-Fi in the Sky’

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General Atomics, Navy Test Carrier Gear Under Extreme Conditions

DEFENSE: USS Gerald R. Ford Features Other Advanced Technology

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Deloitte, Rady Explore Delivery of Medical Samples by Drone

TECHNOLOGY: Effort Could Speed Delivery by Bypassing Traffic

Gremlin Air Vehicle, Fabricated By Kratos, Makes Its Inaugural Flight

Unmanned Aircraft Designed to Travel in Swarms

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Accounting Firms Must Search and Spend for Talent

ACCOUNTING: Beginning Tax Specialist Can Command $51,900 Salary, Survey Says

Taxes and Other Rules...Accounting in Flux

CPA leaders mull new year and new rules

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Air Force Contract With BAE Systems Has $49.6M Ceiling

Support for Air Vehicle Planning System Extended

San Diego to Host Three Aircraft Carriers, Getting Economic Benefits

USS Carl Vinson to Change Home Port in August

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Investors Offer Over $1 Billion For Stake in Lytx

TECH: Permira To Buy Major Stake in Video Telematics Firm

Investor group, Permira, values Lytx in excess of $2.5 billion.

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Northrop Grumman Draws Talent From Community Colleges

New Program Puts Budding Engineers to Work on Real-World Projects

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Executive Behind Growth of $850M Cubic Corp. Division to Move On

Matt Cole’s New Job Will Be in the Technology Space.

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Construction Worth $128M Coming to Camp Pendleton

Facilities to Serve Marines on the Job and at Meals.

Shipyard as Classroom: General Dynamics NASSCO Sends Welders to School

WORKFORCE: Eight-Week Course Is a Must for Prospective Employees

Barrio Logan shipyard builds its products from the ground up. The need for welders is high.

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Deep Space Clock Gets Down to Work With GA’s Support

Payload on OTB Satellite Is Part of a 1 Year Experiment

NASA’s experimental Deep Space Atomic Clock is now operating. It completed the commissioning phase of its journey in November.

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GA-ASI Wins Aircraft Support Deals; Northrop Grumman to Build Tritons

Both Stand to Gain Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in December.

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Top Transportation Executive to Leave Cubic

Matt Cole, the executive who has led Cubic Corp.’s transportation business unit since 2015, plans to leave the company, the Kearny Mesa business announced Jan. 7.

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Viasat Rolls Out Residential Internet Service in Mexico

COMMUNICATIONS: Already in Brazil, Co. Sets Sights on Rest of Latin America

Viasat Inc. plans to dramatically expand its residential internet service in Mexico and Brazil during the coming year.

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Regulators Mull Cost of Capital for Sempra Units

ENERGY: SDG&E Asks for $12.38% But Given 10.2%

State utility regulators ruled last month that profit margins at San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Gas should remain the same.

Soltek Pacific To Build Camp Pendleton Clinic

$27.1 Million Task Order Will Fund Work Through Spring of 2022

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in December.

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Sempra Starts Second LNG Production Line in Louisiana

Sempra LNG announced in late December that the second train, or production line, of its Cameron LNG plant in Louisiana has begun its work of converting natural gas to a liquid state for export.

Defense Bills Reach Their Final Forms

NASSCO in Line for $607 Million; GA-ASI, Northrop Grumman to See Benefits

Congress spent the weeks before Christmas finalizing the 2020 Defense Department budget.

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List of San Diego 500 Icons Grows This Year

LEADERSHIP: Business and Civic Leaders Made Lasting Changes

How did we get here? San Diego’s unique economy — a distinct blend of tech, military and Southern California lifestyle — was built by market forces. And some farsighted and charismatic individuals.

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract To Upgrade Fire Scout Electronics

Navy Is Studying How to Equip Aircraft With Weapons

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in November and December.

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Cubic Acquisitions Face a Common Foe: Traffic Congestion

TECHNOLOGY: Trio of Businesses Pursues Market Worth Tens of Billions

It has been roughly one year since Cubic Corp. brought aboard a couple of large acquisitions in the traffic management space.

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Qualcomm Predicts 5G Devices Will Be Available in Q1 2020

Co. Rolls Out Premium and High-Tier Chips for 5G

Qualcomm Inc. introduced a trio of chips for fifth-generation (5G) mobile devices at its 2019 Snapdragon Tech Summit earlier this month.

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Startup San Diego Names Top Executive

Startup San Diego has named Alexa-Rae Navarro as its executive director.

Northrop Grumman Pursues Jammer Deal

DEFENSE: State Dept. OKs Anti-IED Systems for Australia

Northrop Grumman Corp. is lining up an overseas order for its battlefield signal jammers, which the company designs and builds in San Diego.

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Raytheon to Tend Shipboard Networks

Contract Has $75M Ceiling; Most of Work to Be Local

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in November and December.

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San Diego’s Biggest Hotels Range From Bayside to Backcountry Venues

TOURISM: Forty Largest Hotels Are Not Cut From Same Cloth

This week’s list takes a measuring stick to San Diego’s hotel industry.

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General Atomics to Operate Fusion Reactor For 5 Additional Years

U.S. Department of Energy, Academic Researchers Pool Resources and Talents

General Atomics is getting five more years of federal funding to operate its experimental nuclear fusion reactor in Sorrento Valley.

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Centurum IT Poised To Support Satellite Communications

Deal Could Extend 5 Years And Maxes Out at $59.4M

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in November.

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Cubic Widens Its Capabilities With Delerrok and Pixia Acquisitions

Transit Provider Delerrok Is Based in Vista

Cubic Corp. CEO Brad Feldmann has his acquisition machine running.

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Tech Coast Angels Invest Again In Mercato and Discover Echo

FINANCE: $2.1M Split; ACE Fund Put Into Play

The deals, announced in late November, bring the number of million-dollar investments by Tech Coast Angels’s San Diego chapter to four.

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Tech Coast Angels Invests Again in Mercato and Discover Echo

Tech Coast Angels-San Diego is increasing its investment in two local companies: Mercato, the delivery startup for independent grocers, and Discover Echo, the microscope maker formerly known as Echo Labs. Mercato received an additional $1.1 million while Discover Echo received $1 million.

BAE Systems, Huntington Ingalls and NASSCO to Divide Shipyard Funds

$299M Added to Ship Repair Effort in Fiscal 2020

The U.S. Navy increased the overall amount of funding to repair certain surface ships in the Port of San Diego.

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Getting a Seat at the Table: How Women Can Position Themselves to Get on Boards

LEADERSHIP: Event Speaker, Carrie Stone, Offers Pointers To Aspiring Directors

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Cubic Corp. Closes Out a $1.5B Year, Stock Tumbles

Co. Announces 2 Acquisitions, Offers Fiscal 2020 Guidance

Defense and transportation electronics specialist Cubic Corp. finished its 2019 fiscal year with revenue of slightly less than $1.5 billion.

Bumble Bee to Be Sold for $925M, Files for Bankruptcy

San Diego-based Bumble Bee Seafoods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying in a statement that the move was a first step in selling the business. FCF Co. Ltd. has agreed to buy it for $925 million.

New Name Is a Look to the Future, Says Genasys CEO

ELECTRONICS: Co. Formerly Known as LRAD to Keep Legacy Products

The Rancho Bernardo company named for its Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, decided it had outlived its name and has taken the final step to change it.

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