Explore the relationship between the defense industry and small business, their impact on the region and local companies making big moves.

  • Three steps to identify new opportunities in a recession

    One of the biggest challenges that many smaller defense companies face these days is identifying and securing new projects. From their perspective, the window of opportunity is closing in and their size puts them at a disadvantage.

  • Time for cyber resilience in America

    Headlines about cyber spies on our network, the worldwide effort labeled Ghostnet intent on stealing intellectual capital and the April Fool's fizzle of the Conflicker worm still lurking in cyberspace are catching national attention. But, nowhere did anybody ask: What if we're going about cyber security the wrong way?

  • U.S. captain's rescue raises stakes in piracy ops

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The killing of three Somali pirates in the dramatic U.S. Navy rescue of a cargo ship captain has sparked concern for other hostages and fears that the stakes have been raised for future hijackings in the busy Indian Ocean shipping lane.

  • CSC: Global reach, local address

    CSC is a leading IT services company -- a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services.

  • Defense cuts may add to growing unemployment lines

    MARIETTA, Ga. -- Jason Rhoads landed a job last summer that seemed secure enough to support his young family through the recession -- building military planes for the nation's largest defense contractor.

  • Report says spies compromised US electric grid

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Spies hacked into the U.S. electric grid and left behind computer programs that would let them disrupt service, exposing potentially catastrophic vulnerabilities in key pieces of national infrastructure, a former U.S. government official said last week.

  • Cyber spying a threat, and everyone is in on it

    Ghost hackers infiltrating the computers of Tibetan exiles and the U.S. electric grid have pulled the curtain back on 21st-century espionage as nefarious as anything from the Cold War -- and far more difficult to stop.

  • Increased DoD opportunities may lead to growth in defense education

    Local universities have seized the opportunity to develop defense-related programs and draw on the expertise of the San Diego defense community. From getting certifications to learning how to collaborate with all government agencies in a crisis situation -- it can all be done locally.

  • Due diligence, strong relationship key to winning defense contracts

    Scoring a defense contract is a feather in the cap for many new and growing businesses, but the factors that make this quest possible are often closely held secrets for companies new to the field.

  • With budgets changing, SPAWAR touts its tech

    While it’s not entirely clear what effect the recently released federal defense budget will have on San Diego, representatives from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific want to make it clear that they’re still developing state-of-the-art defense technologies.

  • Best offense useless without good defense

    A good defense is a big part of what the nation needs to ensure cyber security, an expert told a room of defense industry professionals Wednesday.

  • NAVFAC Southwest to hire 300 new employees

    Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest plans to fill more than 300 positions before the end of September in addition to the countless jobs created by the nearly $1 billion in stimulus bill projects slated for the region.

  • Tax credit offered for hiring military vets, disconnected youth

    A new tax credit that will benefit military veterans, disconnected youth and businesses is included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

  • New home for wounded warriors under way at Pendleton

    Wounded warriors in the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton soon will have a new place to call home.

Defense & Small Business

Profiles

General Videos

Comic-Con 2010: 'Kingdom of Loathing'

July 22, 2010 -- Erin Stack, "office guru" for Asymmetric Publications, talks about "Kingdom of Loathing" and the conference's potential change of venue.

National News

  • U.S. captain's rescue raises stakes in piracy ops

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The killing of three Somali pirates in the dramatic U.S. Navy rescue of a cargo ship captain has sparked concern for other hostages and fears that the stakes have been raised for future hijackings in the busy Indian Ocean shipping lane.

  • Defense cuts may add to growing unemployment lines

    MARIETTA, Ga. -- Jason Rhoads landed a job last summer that seemed secure enough to support his young family through the recession -- building military planes for the nation's largest defense contractor.

  • Report says spies compromised US electric grid

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Spies hacked into the U.S. electric grid and left behind computer programs that would let them disrupt service, exposing potentially catastrophic vulnerabilities in key pieces of national infrastructure, a former U.S. government official said last week.

  • Cyber spying a threat, and everyone is in on it

    Ghost hackers infiltrating the computers of Tibetan exiles and the U.S. electric grid have pulled the curtain back on 21st-century espionage as nefarious as anything from the Cold War -- and far more difficult to stop.

Archived Reports

Defense & Small Business - 2010

Read about some of the major players at the intersection of defense and small business in this special report.

Defense & Small Business - 2008

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