San Diego Business Journal

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SDG&E Puts 'Whirlybird' Drone to the Test for Inspections

TECH: Utility Gets FAA OK for Limited Operation

The aircraft they cradle in their hands looks like a toy, but Teena Deering and Flynn Ortiz are all business when they send the little orange quad-copter into the sky.

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Rock My World's Founders Are Ready to Run With New Ideas

TECHNOLOGY: Product Serves Music to Match Exercise Pace

In a way, Adam Riggs-Zeigen’s daily occupation is not too far removed from his years as a DJ.

Callaway Golf Reports Third-Quarter Net Loss of $1 Million

Callaway Golf Inc., the maker of Big Bertha clubs as well as other golf equipment, reported on Oct. 23 that it had a net loss of $1 million on net sales of $169 million during its third quarter.

Maxwell Technologies Allies With Fortune 500 Corning Inc.

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies Inc. reported a new alliance with a Fortune 500 company as well as a quarterly net loss on Oct. 23.

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.

City Council OKs Community Planning Group for Barrio Logan

The San Diego City Council voted on Oct. 21 to recognize something that Barrio Logan has never had — an official community planning group.

Poway Chamber to Host Expo, Mixer

The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host a business expo and mixer on Oct. 29.

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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.

StackIQ Receives $6 Million in Series B Funding

StackIQ, a Solana Beach software maker specializing in products to manage large infrastructures, said that it received $6 million in series B funding.

Women-Owned Small Businesses Invited to Federal Contract Workshop

A workshop on how women-owned small businesses can get federal contracts is scheduled for Oct. 22 at San Diego State University.

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Kratos 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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WD-40 Co. Reports $43.7 Million Net Income for the Year

Shares of WD-40 Co. gained almost 6 percent Oct. 17, one day after the company announced fourth quarter earnings.

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WD-40 Co. Reports $43.7M Net Income for the Year

Shares of WD-40 Co. gained almost 6 percent Oct. 17, one day after the company announced fourth quarter earnings.

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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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This Organization Helps Open the Door to Defense Contracts

ECONOMY: Group Can Be a Guide; It Can Also Advocate for Industry

Selling to the government is hardly simple, but by joining forces, contractors like Doug Ray make things easier for themselves and each other.

Achates Is in the Race for an Engine Contract Worth Up to $20M

Achates Power Inc. expects to learn by the end of the year whether the U.S. Army wants to continue a relationship which — in the company’s view — is humming along nicely.

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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.

Qualcomm to Buy British Company for $2.5B

Qualcomm Inc. said Oct. 15 that it has agreed to buy CSR plc, a British fabless semiconductor company, for $2.5 billion in cash.

New Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator to Support Early-Stage Companies

Qualcomm Inc. and Colorado-based Techstars announced plans to start an incubator program for early stage companies that specialize in robots. Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) pledged to put more than $1 million into the project.

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Qualcomm to Buy British Company for $2.5 Billion

Qualcomm Inc. said Oct. 15 that it has agreed to buy CSR plc, a British fabless semiconductor company, for $2.5 billion in cash.

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Leparulo Resigns From Novatel Board; Company Sets Agenda for Stockholders Meeting

Novatel Wireless Inc. said in a securities filing that Peter Leparulo left the company’s board of directors.

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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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Novatel Wireless Makes Appointments to Its Board

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless Inc., a maker of wireless communications electronics, has appointed Philip Falcone and Robert Pons to its board of directors. The company made the announcement on Oct. 13.

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Air Force Defends the Number of Reaper Drones It Plans to Buy

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.

Securities Filings Show Salary and Possible Bonuses for Cohu's Newly Named Leader

Cohu Inc.’s new chief executive will have an annual base salary of $410,000 and will be eligible to make up to that same amount in a year-end bonus, according to a securities filing.

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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.

Carlsbad Company Sees Acquisition as Path to New Markets

Carlsbad semiconductor company MaxLinear Inc. said on Oct. 6 that it signed a definitive agreement to buy a second chipmaker, privately held Physpeed Co. Ltd., for $11 million in a deal that could close by the end of the year.

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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Securities Filings Show Salary, Possible Bonuses for Cohu's New Leader

Cohu Inc.’s new chief executive will have an annual base salary of $410,000 and will be eligible to make up to that same amount in a year-end bonus, according to a securities filing.

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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.

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Cohu Inc. Announces Appointment of Müller to Take CEO, President Role in December

Poway-based Cohu Inc., which makes equipment for the semiconductor industry, said on Oct. 7 that its board of directors appointed Luis Müller as its president and CEO, effective Dec. 28.

RF Industries Names Walker President

San Diego-based RF Industries Ltd. said on Oct. 6 that it appointed Johnny Carl Walker as its president.

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.

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Mollenkopf to Speak on Technology and Running Qualcomm

Qualcomm Inc. CEO Steve Mollenkopf will speak about the future of mobile technology and about his first seven months in charge of the company during an evening presentation Oct. 3.

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Kratos Gets $3.6M Deal for Missile Defense Work

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said that it received a $3.6 million task order from an undisclosed customer.

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Taiwanese Chip Maker MediaTek Inc. Opens a San Diego Office

MediaTek Inc., the wireless communications chip maker based in Taiwan, celebrated the opening of its San Diego office with a party and a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 24.

Qualcomm Parts Play Role in New iPhones

Qualcomm Inc. is onboard the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, according to several specialty publications.

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Calm Seas For Now

MILITARY: Sequestration Pause Allows for Stability

Military spending — a foundation of the San Diego economy — is expected to wane only slightly for the next year with jobs attributed to such spending facing a 2 percent decrease in fiscal year 2015, according to a new study from SDMAC, the San Diego Military Advisory Council.

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Kratos Gets $3.6M Missile Defense Deal

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on Sept. 24 that it received a $3.6 million task order from an undisclosed customer.

BAE Systems Awarded $35.3M Navy Contract for Destroyer Work

The U.S. Navy awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a $35.3 million contract modification to cover dry-dock work on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Pinckney.

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MediaTek Inc. Opens San Diego Office

MediaTek Inc., the wireless communications chip maker based in Taiwan, celebrated the opening of its San Diego office with a party and a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 24.

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Northrop Grumman Gets $78M Delivery Order From Air Force

The U.S. Air Force said on Sept. 23 that it awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a four-year, $78 million delivery order for spare parts for the Block 40 version of the Global Hawk unmanned spy aircraft.

Defense Spending in County Expected to Drop 1%

A new, comprehensive look at the U.S. Department of Defense’s local presence predicts that the military spending that San Diego County enjoys will decline one percent in the new fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1.

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A Look in New iPhones Shows Qualcomm's Role

Qualcomm Inc. is onboard the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, according to several specialty publications.

Epsilon Systems Receives Navy Contract Potentially Worth $85M

Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. said that it received a U.S. Navy contract to support the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, which repairs and modernizes ships in the port of San Diego.

Covario Agrees to Sell Its Search and Content Marketing Agency Business

San Diego-based Covario has agreed to sell its search and content marketing agency business to London-based Dentsu Aegis Network, the businesses announced on Sept. 17.

Covario to Sell Its Search and Content Marketing Agency Business

San Diego-based Covario has agreed to sell its search and content marketing agency business to London-based Dentsu Aegis Network, the businesses announced on Sept. 17.