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Deal Boots Sequestration Down the Road for a Few Years

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.

It’s Awards Season at the Pentagon, Contract Awards That Is

As the old year drew to a close, the push at the Defense Department was to get funds obligated before the chimes struck 12.

Defense Industry Consolidation Seen as Threat to Competition

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.

Northrop Grumman Lands Contracts

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.

Co. Provides Crews for Drones Flying Intelligence Missions

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.

Top Admiral Says Navy’s UCLASS Drone Decision Still Up in Air

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 Maneuvers to Ensure Planned Sale of Drones to Australia

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.

Teledyne Takes to Seas With Unmanned Operating Systems

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.

Co. Sees S.D. as Its New Center of Navigation Excellence

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.

Assistant Navy Secretary’s Visit Drew a Crowd of Contractors

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.

There’s Always Something to Grouse About in Spending Bills

What has more moving parts than all of the aircraft parked at Lindbergh Field? Probably the legislation that lets the Pentagon spend money.

Everyone Is on Offense When Divvying Up the Defense Budget

The rodeo in Washington is getting going, with lawmakers wrangling over the shape of the Defense Department’s 2016 spending plan.

M Ship’s Stiletto Cut a Fine Figure With Its Innovative Design

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.

Defense Sector May Have to Restructure if Budget Takes Hit

Does Cubic Corp.’s planned restructuring mean that there’s something bigger a-brewing in the defense industry?

Defense Trade Show Is a Tour de Force of Technology and More

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.

Proposed Jones Act Repeal Could Hurt Domestic Shipbuilders

A move afoot in Washington, D.C., has the potential to disrupt business at General Dynamics Nassco.

GA-ASI System to Help Drones Steer Clear of Other Aircraft

The people who build remotely piloted aircraft in Poway are also busy developing collision avoidance technology.

Testing Begins on General Atomics’ New Catapult for Carriers

Steam’s days are numbered, at least when it comes to shooting an aircraft off a carrier deck.

How Will the Election Shake-Ups Shake Out on the Budget?

With November elections in the rearview mirror, members of Congress will soon take up the 2015 defense budget.

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.

Contractor Helps Iron Dome System Make the Interceptions

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.