September 19, 2014
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That sound you might have heard was a collective sigh of relief. The program of deep budget cuts that military contractors feared — otherwise known as sequestration — won’t show its face until 2018 under a compromise struck by Washington lawmakers.
As the old year drew to a close, the push at the Defense Department was to get funds obligated before the chimes struck 12.
Are large defense companies getting too large? It’s an intriguing question. Leaders of the industry’s No. 1 customer — the Pentagon — said they were wary about megamergers. Meanwhile, business sees profitability in mergers, particularly since margins in defense contracting aren’t as high as other sectors.
The U.S. Air Force plans to send as much as $3.2 billion in work to Northrop Grumman Corp. over the next 10 years to keep its fleet of Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aircraft technically up to date.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is getting a new source of revenue: It plans to provide contract pilots for unmanned U.S. government-owned Predator aircraft.
The debate over the role of a future, carrier-launched unmanned aircraft continues at the Pentagon, U.S. Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert told reporters last week.
Northrop Grumman Corp. hopes to sell several of its high-flying Triton surveillance drones to Australia, and looks like it’s trying to sweeten the pot.
In the late 1960s, a company called Teledyne bought a groundbreaking San Diego aviation firm called Ryan. Building on technology developed for target drones, they came up with a robot plane called the Global Hawk. Eventually, Northrop Grumman Corp. bought the business and ended up selling Global Hawks by the score … and the business stayed in San Diego.
Kiel, Germany and San Diego are two towns with a history of navy ships and smart people. In recent years, the two cities became linked by the legacy of Hermann Anschütz, an inventor and explorer from more than 100 years ago.
He came, he saw, he networked. The hot ticket in defense contracting circles in late May was the invitation-only reception for Sean Stackley, the assistant U.S. Navy secretary overseeing procurement and new technology (Stackley’s actual title is assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition). SDMAC, the San Diego Military Advisory Council, coordinated the reception.
What has more moving parts than all of the aircraft parked at Lindbergh Field? Probably the legislation that lets the Pentagon spend money.
The rodeo in Washington is getting going, with lawmakers wrangling over the shape of the Defense Department’s 2016 spending plan.
M Ship Co. never had the distinction of building a massive supercarrier or cranking out Liberty Ships by the hundreds. The San Diego company did not even build watercraft; it designed them. But boy, did it design a mean-looking vessel.
Does Cubic Corp.’s planned restructuring mean that there’s something bigger a-brewing in the defense industry?
One minute, I’m on the show floor of the San Diego Convention Center. The next, I am in a valley in Iceland, amid green mountains and glaciers.
A move afoot in Washington, D.C., has the potential to disrupt business at General Dynamics Nassco.
The people who build remotely piloted aircraft in Poway are also busy developing collision avoidance technology.
Steam’s days are numbered, at least when it comes to shooting an aircraft off a carrier deck.
With November elections in the rearview mirror, members of Congress will soon take up the 2015 defense budget.
General Dynamics Nassco has gotten back into the habit of hiring and training workers, as its new construction backlog has grown.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. doesn’t exactly shout it from the rooftops, but electronics built by one of the San Diego company’s subsidiaries play a role in Iron Dome, Israel’s missile defense system which has been much in the news with the conflict in Gaza.