This special report explores the relationship between the defense industry and small business, and their impact on the region.

  • Small businesses get a boost in cyberspace

    The Internet has become an almost indispensable part of the consumer marketplace.

  • Recruitment, training videos now appeal to tech-savvy youth

    Interested in driving a tank, flying a helicopter or repairing computers? U.S. Army recruiters can now showcase each job through realistic video demonstrations right on a laptop with the highest quality sound and picture available without any delay.

  • Conference aims to help small businesses go 'beyond survival'

    In keeping with the National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) goals in mentoring small businesses in the defense and homeland security industries, the organization is scheduled to hold its fifth annual National Small Business Conference between May 19 and May 21 at the Hyatt Regency, La Jolla, in San Diego.

  • Finishing the sentence, refocusing resources

    "We must get out of Iraq."

  • Building long-term teaming relationships in the defense sector

    An important event of value to businesses in the defense sector will take place in May.

  • Defense contracting done right: The inside scoop for small businesses

    Too often, many small businesses vying to secure opportunities in the U.S. defense market run scared when going head-to-head with larger, more prevalent firms. Even though many agencies allocate a certain number of contracts exclusively for small businesses, some executives of these types of firms still complain that their chances to successfully compete in the industry are stacked against them.

  • Warning: Your 8(a) and SDVOSB status is a double-edged sword

    Small government contractors are frequently afforded the opportunity to bid on set-aside contracts. This allows for a faster growth curve and in some cases may be the only way to enter a market dominated by larger, entrenched competitors. Limiting opportunities only to those in the set-aside contract arena can limit a firm's long-term potential, though.

  • M4 does poorly in Army's own test

    HARTFORD, Conn. -- When the dust finally settled, Army officials sought to put the best face on a sandstorm test that humbled Colt Defense's vaunted M4 carbine.

  • Imaging solutions for military manufacturers

    Aegis Electronic Group Inc. has been serving the Southern California, National and International vision markets since 1989, providing imaging component solutions for many different applications that support the military and defense industries.

  • Homeland Security Department plans for White House handoff

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- From a 12th-floor desk at the regional Federal Emergency Management Agency office, Nancy Ward can survey a swath of her FEMA territory where millions of people, from downtown Oakland to San Francisco and beyond, live and work atop earthquake faults.

  • Los Angeles police adopt system to identify terrorist activity in their communities

    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Police Department has launched a new reporting system aimed to help connect dots that could uncover local terror plots -- a program that police departments in other major cities across the country hope to incorporate into their daily routines as well.

  • Email as a mission critical application: Exchange or not to exchange?

    Many small to medium-sized business owners face the challenge of when is the proper time to upgrade their network infrastructure. As a consulting firm, one of the most common questions we get asked is: "When is the right time to upgrade our e-mail system?"

  • Wars, guns and money

    HARTFORD, Conn. -- No weapon is more important to tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan than the carbine rifle. And for well over a decade, the military has relied on one company, Colt Defense of Hartford, Conn., to make the M4s they trust with their lives.

  • VictorDev latest software provides Microsoft Office automation

    The latest technology offered by San Diego-based VictorDev LLC, a woman-owned small business, is an innovative solution that harnesses the power of MS Office document automation to create company-approved presentations, documents and spreadsheets.

  • Remote Ocean Systems focused on the future

    Since 1975, Remote Ocean Systems has been highly regarded worldwide for its rugged underwater viewing and robotic equipment. During the last few years, the Kearny Mesa-headquartered manufacturer that started with a handful of employees has grown into a powerful operation that is expanding in every direction.

  • INDUS Technology growth based on superior service

    As a premier Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), INDUS Technology Inc. provides excellent systems engineering, information technology support, certification & accreditation, information assurance, acquisition, financial and program management services for both government and industry clients.

  • Global reach, local address

    Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) is a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services to both DoD and a wide range of commercial environments.

  • Guide to DoD contracting opportunities

    1. Identify your product or service

  • Use of sonar off Southern California stalled in lawsuit

    The U.S. Navy and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) agree that sonar is necessary -- and both agree that it is harmful to marine life. But the two organizations have been locked in a case that began last year and has resulted in limiting the Navy's use of sonar off the coast of Southern California.

  • Defense industry boon to local economy, small businesses

    The San Diego business community has a long-standing relationship with the U.S. military. One of every five jobs is active military or defense-industry related, and the impact on the local economy -- especially small businesses -- is tremendous.

  • SAIC, VA extend MOU for growth of veteran-owned businesses

    Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAI) said its agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) to furnish technical assistance and procurement opportunities to veteran-owned small businesses has been extended through 2009.

  • Naval Base Coronado wins Commander in Chief's annual award

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates named Naval Base Coronado a winner of the 2008 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence April 15.

  • Events celebrating nation's military have become 'Fleet Year'

    This year’s Fleet Week’s events kick off on May 3, beginning with the Port of San Diego Sea and Air Parade and the Red Bull Air Race World Series.

  • SAIC receives DoD's mentor-protege award

    Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAI) was awarded a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) award for Mentor-Protege Program Excellence.

  • NASSCO lays keel for USNS Wally Schirra

    The National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) Monday laid the keel for USNS Wally Schirra, the eighth dry cargo-ammunition ship in the U.S. Navy’s T-AKE program.

  • Filner wants bigger national discussion on Veterans Affairs

    Since he became chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs last year, Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, said the care of America’s veterans has become one of his primary issues and he hopes to use his position as a superdelegate to make veterans a more prominent issue nationwide.

Defense & Small Business

Profiles

National News

  • M4 does poorly in Army's own test

    HARTFORD, Conn. -- When the dust finally settled, Army officials sought to put the best face on a sandstorm test that humbled Colt Defense's vaunted M4 carbine.

  • Homeland Security Department plans for White House handoff

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- From a 12th-floor desk at the regional Federal Emergency Management Agency office, Nancy Ward can survey a swath of her FEMA territory where millions of people, from downtown Oakland to San Francisco and beyond, live and work atop earthquake faults.

  • Los Angeles police adopt system to identify terrorist activity in their communities

    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Police Department has launched a new reporting system aimed to help connect dots that could uncover local terror plots -- a program that police departments in other major cities across the country hope to incorporate into their daily routines as well.

  • Wars, guns and money

    HARTFORD, Conn. -- No weapon is more important to tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan than the carbine rifle. And for well over a decade, the military has relied on one company, Colt Defense of Hartford, Conn., to make the M4s they trust with their lives.

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Defense & Small Business - 2009

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