Brad Graves

Reporter

Email: bradg@sdbj.com
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Recent Stories

Fleet Week Gives Contractors Rare Public Exhibit

U.S. military technology will be on display at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego Oct. 13, 14 and 15 during Fleet Week San Diego. The event promises a rare public glimpse of the products and services defense contractors provide.

Cubic Provides Satellite Connections In Areas Hit By Recent Hurricanes

Cubic Corp. said its GATR unit provided its unique and highly portable satellite dishes — as well as people to operate them — to several islands in the Caribbean in August and September following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Cubic Global Defense Gets U.S. Air Force Contract Worth up to $61M

The U.S. Air Force awarded Cubic Global Defense a contract that could be worth as much as $61 million over five years.

Cubic Reads Your Palm as Part of Future of Mass Transportation

TRANSPORT: Using Biometrics for Ticketing May Increase Speed, Data

San Diego-based Cubic Corp. is investigating whether a biometric scan might serve as a good train ticket.

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With Key Intellectual Property, Qualcomm Positions Itself To Lead on 5G

TECH: Other Cos. Focus on Deployment of Small Cells

Engineers at Qualcomm Inc. are shaping a new, faster form of wireless communications.

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BAE Systems Gets $64.5 Million U.S. Air Force contract

The U.S. Air Force awarded a $64.5 million deal to BAE Systems’ San Diego electronics office.

Kyriba Corp. Receives $45 Million Investment

Kyriba Corp. said on Sept. 27 that it received a $45 million strategic investment led by Sumeru Equity Partners.

Phil Mickelson Onboard With Callaway Golf for Rest of Competitive Career

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. said Sept. 26 that it has extended its relationship with golfer Phil Mickelson.

ViaSat, Boeing Begin Construction of 2 New Satellites

Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. said early this week that it and partner Boeing Co. have begun construction of two of the ViaSat-3 class satellites.

San Diegan Hopes to Collar a Piece of the Apparel Market

A San Diego resident is helping a Texas business take a unique piece of apparel to market.

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Aerotek Helped U.S. Navy Repair Jet Before It Became Part of Miramar Air Show

Blue Angels jet No. 7 soared over San Diego during the recent Miramar Air Show, but it made a more low-key visit over the spring and summer.

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Del Rey Systems Training Deal with Navy Worth Potential $25.9 Million

Del Rey Systems & Technology Inc. of Kearny Mesa is among four businesses chosen by the U.S. Navy to offer training services related to Navy electronics in locations around the world.

Navy Maintenance Support Services $18.8M Contract Work to Be Mostly Done in S.D.

The U.S. Navy awarded the Aircraft Readiness Alliance LLC of Anchorage, Alaska an $18.8 million contract for depot level maintenance support services. Most of the work will be in San Diego.

S.D. will get most work done as part of $18.8M U.S. Navy contract

The U.S. Navy awarded the Aircraft Readiness Alliance LLC of Anchorage, Alaska, an $18.8 million contract for depot level maintenance support services. Most work will be in San Diego.

Kratos Supported Test of a U.S. Navy Anti-Missile System

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. said it supported a Sept. 7 test of a U.S. Navy anti-missile system by helping supply the stand-in for the enemy missile.

LRAD Makes Interim CFO Permanent

LRAD Corp. named its interim CFO, Dennis Klahn, to the post permanently.

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GA-ASI Successfully Tests Drone in Civilian Airspace

Speaking of military technology that may one day go commercial …

Kratos’ Follow-the-Leader Hardware Hits the Highway

The internet, certain wireless phones and silicon-on-sapphire microchips are three examples of military technologies that made the jump to the commercial world.

Sewer Sensors Know When Something’s Wrong With the Flow

TECH: Co.’s System Used By Utilities to Avoid Sewage Spills

Long before consumers started using the term “Internet of Things” to describe connected thermostats and washing machines, SmartCover Systems was part of the internet of things.

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Chip to Provide Digital Diary Of an Addict’s Use or Abuse

BIOTECH: Co. to Rely On Federal Funding; Insurance Coverage Will Be Acid Test

Patrik Schmidle holds up a clear plastic box with a tiny microchip, hardly visible, at its center.

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General Atomics Gets Military Contracts Worth Nearly $40M

The Pentagon announced two contract awards for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. on Sept. 20.

Cox Construction Gets $17.8M U.S. Army contract

The U.S. Army awarded a $17.8 million contract to Cox Construction Co. Under the deal, the Vista-based small business will build transient training barracks at Camp Parks in Dublin, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Orbital Acquisition Would Be a Big Addition to Northrop's S.D. Assets

Northrop Grumman Corp. stands to gain an even higher profile in San Diego if the Virginia-based company completes its $9.2 billion acquisition of Orbital ATK.

Technology Drives Change Even in Parking Management

No, you can’t pay for parking with Bitcoin, at least not yet, but other things are changing in the world of parking management.

LiveXLive Media Is Acquiring Slacker Radio in $50M Cash and Stock Deal

Beverly Hills-based LiveXLive Media Inc. has entered a deal to acquire Rancho Bernardo-based Slacker Radio for $50 million in cash and stock.

Qualcomm Exec Takes On Diversity Via Employee Engagement

TECH: Listening Tour Shows Need for Inclusion in Workforce and Work Itself

As it simultaneously conducts an international legal battle and chases a big acquisition, Qualcomm Inc. is spending 2017 negotiating the troubled waters of gender, ethnic and cultural diversity in the technology sector.

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GA Gets $30.3M Contract for Missile Defense

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a sole-source, $30.3 million contract for unmanned aircraft used in tests of a missile defense system. The Pentagon announced the award on Sept. 12.

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Northrop Signal Jamming Work Could Top $500M

Northrop Grumman Corp. stands to receive more than $500 million in orders for devices that jam the signals to radio-controlled roadside bombs and enemy unmanned aircraft.

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Lockheed Ventures Invests in Ocean Aero

Lockheed Martin Ventures made a strategic investment in Ocean Aero Inc., a San Diego company that makes autonomous seagoing vehicles, the companies announced.

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Herman Construction Among Eight Cos. Tapped For $180M U.S. Army Orders

Escondido-based Herman Construction Group Inc. is among eight companies that will split as much as $180 million in U.S. Army construction task orders, the Pentagon announced Sept. 12.

Herman Construction Group Among Eight Cos. Tapped For $180M U.S. Army Orders

Escondido-based Herman Construction Group Inc. is among eight companies that will split as much as $180 million in U.S. Army construction task orders, the Pentagon announced.

Lockheed Martin Ventures Invests in Ocean Aero

Lockheed Martin Ventures made a strategic investment in Ocean Aero Inc., a San Diego company that makes autonomous seagoing vehicles, the companies announced on Sept. 15.

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Workshops for Warriors Gets $1M from Ohio Manufacturer

Workshops for Warriors, a San Diego nonprofit that offers job training and placement to veterans, said Sept. 13 that it received a $1 million donation from Ariel Corp., an Ohio-based machinery manufacturer.

Southeast Asian Nation Put $700K in Orders with LRAD Corp.

LRAD Corp. says it has received $700,000 in orders from an unnamed country in Southeast Asia.

Straub Construction Awarded $61.9M Army Contract

The U.S. Army awarded Fallbrook-based Straub Construction Inc. a $61.9 million contract for work on a maintenance hangar at Fort Carson, Colo.

Two Businessmen Offer $1.5M to Fund Putting Up Temporary Shelters for Homeless

East Village and the Midway District will be the sites for as many as three “bridge” shelters for San Diego’s homeless residents, put up with financial help from a local business partnership.

RF Industries Reports $7.8M in Net Sales for Q3

San Diego-based RF Industries Ltd. reported net income of $192,000 or 2 cents per share on net sales of $7.8 million in its third quarter, which ended July 31.

General Atomics Gets $30.3M Contract for Role in Missile Defense

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded General Atomics a sole-source, $30.3 million contract for unmanned aircraft used in tests of a missile defense system.

TuSimple Sees Self-Driving Truck Test a Little Further Down the Road

TuSimple, a business with offices in Beijing and San Diego which hopes to produce a self-driving truck, has been on the road this summer.

NASSCO Awarded a $36.3M Navy Contract for Maintenance on Ships

The U.S. Navy announced on that it awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $36.3 million contract for maintenance on the Navy’s littoral combat ships, as

Lytx Moving Manufacturing From China to Indiana

Lytx said it plans to move manufacturing for its DriveCam video event recorders from mainland China to Indiana.

Five Local Small Businesses Get Part of $15M Navy Deal

Six small businesses will split $15 million in work on U.S. Navy boats measuring 50 feet long or longer, under a Navy contract modification announced on Sept. 7.

Kratos Subsidiary Will Be Competing for Up to $3B in Army Contracts as Part of Joint Venture

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. said on Sept. 5 that it will do work for the U.S. Army under an award received by prime contractor QWK Integrated Solutions LLC. QWK is a joint venture between Kratos subsidiary Digital Fusion Solutions Inc. and Vencore Inc.

Collaboration Pays at Nanome

Nanome Inc., a UC San Diego-based business whose core business is virtual reality software, rolled out a new product called Matryx at the end of August. Matryx is an open-source platform with a bounty system that encourages people to collaborate on STEM projects (that is, projects that involve science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Qelzal Puts AI in the Sky for Drones

Qelzal has started flight safety testing of its sensor system for drones and other autonomous vehicles.

Inseego Obtains $48 Million in Refinancing Transaction

Inseego Corp. took out a three-year, $48 million loan from Highbridge Capital Management LLC in late August.

UC San Diego Engineers Tap the Power in Human Perspiration

RESEARCH: Sweat May Run Wearable Devices; University Applies for Patent

Sweat is no longer the annoying byproduct of work, the thing that soaks a cotton shirt during vigorous exercise. It can be something more.

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Kratos Subsidiary Will Compete for Up to $3B in Army Contracts as Part of Joint Venture

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. said on Sept. 5 that it will do work for the U.S. Army under an award received by prime contractor QWK Integrated Solutions LLC. QWK is a joint venture between Kratos subsidiary Digital Fusion Solutions Inc. and Vencore Inc.

Co.’s Digital Parts Quickly Add Up

PRINTING: Component Maker Taps Into Robust Commercial Growt

The shop at Memjet’s Rancho Bernardo headquarters has a 19-inch rack that in most other places would hold computer servers. This one, however, holds something more: printer’s ink.

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Could San Diego Be Amazon's HQ2?

San Diego intends to compete for Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters.