Brad Graves

Reporter

Email: bradg@sdbj.com
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Recent Stories

Northrop Grumman Gets $172.7M U.S. Air Force Contract

Work will be performed in San Diego and last through January 2019.

Cubic's Mass-Transit Systems Arm Moves into Larger Facility in India

The move supports growth from Cubic’s recent major fare payment system contract awards in New York and Boston.

Viasat Names New Board Member

The move increases the number of directors on the Viasat board to ten.

AT&T to Roll Out 5G in Several Markets

AT&T Inc. is planning to roll out fifth-generation wireless data networks in a dozen markets by late 2018. The big carrier made the announcement on Jan. 4. There’s no word yet on whether San Diego will be one of those markets, though AT&T (NYSE: T) did say the region was among 23 major metro areas where it has already laid a foundation for mobile fifth-generation wireless, which is abbreviated 5G.

Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller III is New Commander Naval Air Forces

He relieved Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker in a ceremony Jan. 11 at Naval Air Station North Island.

Kratos Picks up $23M Deal to Produce High-Performance Drone System

The University City-based business did not name its customer in its Jan. 8 announcement.

LiveXLive Media Closes Acquisition of Slacker

RADIO: Slacker’s Revenue Has Been In Steady Decline

LiveXLive Media Inc. of Beverly Hills closed its acquisition of Slacker Inc., the Rancho Bernardo internet music provider, in late December.

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Acquisition Connects Bridge Co. to Projects

BUILDING: Co. Aims to Be One of World’s Top 10 Bridge Specialists

Generations of mentors have made International Bridge Technologies into the engineering firm it is.

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Kratos Receives $20M Contract

The deal covers initial production of microwave electronic products for a new, state-of-the-art airborne electronic warfare system.

TaylorMade Golf Co. Gets $225M Credit Facility

Specifically, the line of credit is a senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility.

LRAD Receives $895K Order

The Rancho Bernardo business produces acoustic hailing devices able to send a very loud, very focused beam of sound over a distance of two miles.

Cubic Secures L.A. County Mass-Transit Agency Contract

The deal is to deliver an integrated mobile app for Los Angeles Metro's fare payment system.

GA-EMS Gets Green Light For Vehicle Stopping System

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Inc. said Jan. 3 that it received a defense contract to supply capacitors for a non-lethal device able to stop vehicles.

Northrop Is Game to Try Various Paths To Innovation

Holy Hogwarts! Northrop Grumman Corp. asked its engineers to build an autonomous aircraft that can play quidditch, the aerial game that wizard Harry Potter and his friends play in the young adult novels of J.K. Rowling.

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Look Ahead: For Qualcomm, It Should Be a Very Interesting Year

Whatever happens in 2018, it’s going to be a watershed year for Qualcomm Inc.

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Look Ahead: General Atomics Continues To Deliver on Varied Pursuits

The privately held company keeps many things to itself, including financials. Still, multiyear contracts as well as the company’s varied technological interests offer hints of what may come in 2018.

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Look Ahead: Viasat Expands Its Assets and Its Reach With Its Satellites

From Carlsbad to the Caribbean to County Cork, Ireland.

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Sergio Garcia Signs Multiple Year Contract with Callaway Golf

The Spanish golfer won the signature green jacket of the Masters in April at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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Kratos Receives U.S. Air Force Contract Modification of $13.9M

Kratos is based in University City and had $669 million in revenue in 2016, up from $657 million in 2015.

Broadcom, Qualcomm Talked Merger in 2016

TECH: Acquisitions Power Broadcomm’s New, Hostile Bid

Sixteen months ago, Qualcomm Inc. CEO Steve Mollenkopf found himself at a Silicon Valley office facing Broadcom Ltd. CEO Hock Tan and an intriguing business proposition.

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Kratos Awarded $93M U.S. Army Contract

The fixed-price contract is to buy unmanned target aircraft systems.

2017 Newsmakers: Brewer Effectively Calls the Shots for Callaway

2017 Newsmakers

Callaway Golf Co. seems to be hitting its stride after five years of Chip Brewer as CEO.

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2017 Newsmakers: Cole Helps Cubic Take on Competitors

The lucky necktie must have done the trick. That and a whole lot of homework.

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Jack Aims for Less Capital-Intensive Business

DINING: Sale of Qdoba to Focus Co. And Increase Value

With the sale of its Qdoba fast-casual Mexican food chain to Apollo Global Management LLC now underway, Jack in the Box Inc. has set Jan. 9 as the date to deliver its financial outlook for 2018.

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2017 Newsmakers: Martinez Guides Sycuan Through Key Hotel Project

2017 Newsmakers

As the leader of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Cody Martinez has several things to think about. Economic development is one of them.

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2017 Newsmakers: Nervana’s Deep Learning Chip Holds Promising Potential

It has been a long road from a concept to a piece of silicon, but Naveen Rao seems to have successfully negotiated the turns.

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GA-ASI Awarded $328.8M Air Force Contract

The deal covers support for the service’s MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely operated aircraft for one year.

APWireless Invests in 4,000th Cell Site Lease

The University City company operates in the cell tower space, though its business model differs from many of its peers.

BAE Systems Names New GM

David Thomas will replace Bob Koerber, who is retiring.

Qualcomm's Board Rejects Broadcom Slate for Seats

The company affirmed that all 11 existing Qualcomm board members will stand for reelection at the March 6 annual meeting.

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DMV Gives Qualcomm the OK to Drive Autonomous Vehicles

Qualcomm has started tests of technology that will help autonomous vehicles navigate safely, though a spokesman said a driver is still in the seat.

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AbacusNext Acquires a N.H. Accounting Software Specialist Firm

With the new addition, AbacusNext, which offers technology solutions for legal and accounting professionals, grows to 465 employees.

GA-EMS to Develop Advanced Propulsion System for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Inc. said on Dec. 20 that it received a contract to develop a motor for unmanned undersea vehicles.

Escondido-Based I.E. Pacific Awarded $9.9M Navy Construction Deal

The U.S. Navy awarded Escondido-based I.E. Pacific Inc. a $9.9 million task order for the renovation of bachelor enlisted quarters at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme.

Cubic Corp. Gets a $40.5M U.S. Army Contract for Mission Support Services

The work is for the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, a place for the armed services to conduct realistic war simulations before deployment.

Jack in the Box Sells Qdoba for $305M

The deal is expected to close in April.

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2017 Newsmakers: Two Businessmen Look to Bring Our Best to Homeless Problem

RECOGNITION: Two Businessmen Look to Bring Our Best to Homeless Problem

Ideas are fine, but they are nothing without execution. Peter Seidler and Dan Shea saw suffering among San Diego’s burgeoning homeless population. With fellow business leaders, they started to really think about the issue in late 2016 and 2017, and pushed for some sort of fix.

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Tegna to Buy S.D.'s KFMB TV and Radio Stations for $325M

The deal still needs regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.

Kratos Reports Getting a Military Contract Worth up to $27M

The company revealed few details of the contract, saying only that it was providing unmanned drone systems to a U.S. government agency.

S.D. Secures a Good Share Of Military Spending

From Contractors to Personnel, Region Reaps $50.1 Million in Impact From Defense Role

Every year, San Diego County brings in more U.S. Defense Department contracts than many states of the union. In 2017, San Diego’s $8.23 billion in defense wins were more than what the states of Washington and New York received individually.

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Region’s UAV Expertise Helps to Transform Military

DEFENSE: Role Has Been Expanding, More Civilian Use AlsoExpected

It was one more example of how the U.S. military is using unmanned aircraft to stretch its abilities.

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Signal Jammers Will be Made in S.D. as Part of Northrop Grumman's $23.2M Contract

The Pentagon is asking Northrop Grumman Corp. for more of its JCREW signal jammers.

LRAD Corp. Reports 24% Revenue Gain in Fiscal Year

Revenue for fiscal 2017 was $20.3 million and grew from $16.4 million in fiscal 2016.

Cubic Aims to Build On Mass Transit Successes

TRANSPORT: Co. Finds Value In Both Big and Small Wins

Paris, Montreal and Toronto. To Cubic Corp., the cities are more than dots on a map. Each could be the next growth opportunity.

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WD-40 Co. Increased Quarterly Dividend by 10%

The corporation has raised its dividend for eight consecutive years.

Hedge Fund: Qualcomm's Bid for NXP Too Low

Elliott Management Corp., a hedge fund with a stake in NXP Semiconductors, says Qualcomm should pay $135 per share.

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Small Businesses Pitches Culminate Mini-Accelerator Program

The 60-day program was produced by San Diego-based Lift Development Enterprises Inc.

Victory is Sweet: Small Business Pitch Nets Award for Jackie's Jams

The 60-day program was produced by San Diego-based Lift Development Enterprises Inc.

GA-ASI Awarded Two Military Contracts

The Defense Department announced two contracts for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Receives Defense Contract for Satellite System Work

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Inc. said on Dec. 8 that it received a contract to support the U.S. Army’s ARGOS satellite system.