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Raytheon gets $423 million installment in $3.1 billion Navy radar contract

The U.S. Navy has ordered another $423 million in new ship radar systems from Raytheon Missiles & Defense, headquartered in Tucson, company officials said. The contract could include up to $3.16 billion in radars for new ships over the next five years.... Read more»

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Raytheon requiring employees to get COVID-19 shots

Raytheon employees will need to get their COVID-19 vaccinations soon if they haven't already — or face losing their jobs under a policy announced Wednesday by the defense contracting giant.... Read more»

Arizona’s aerospace and defense industry has close financial ties to Israeli security

Arizona’s aerospace and defense industry not only “stands with” Israel, but technology developed here stands watch over the country: Israel’s Iron Dome defense system was created here.... Read more»

Monday musings: Analysis

Herstam: What Raytheon wants, Raytheon gets

As the 2021 Arizona budget is crafted behind Republican closed doors (as usual), look for $3.5 million that funds "hypersonic" research and expanded wind tunnels at the University of Arizona. Why? Because Raytheon Missile Systems wants it. Plus: Presidential primary looms here, Brnovich continues Obamacare assault.... Read more»1

Raytheon picks Tucson as HQ of combined 'Missiles & Defense' division

Raytheon will headquarter its new division combining former Missile Systems and Integrated Defense Systems in Tucson, a company leader said in an internal email Friday. The company has not made a public announcement.... Read more»

Taylor Lawrence retiring as Raytheon Missile chief

After just more than a decade in charge, Raytheon Missile Systems head Taylor Lawrence will step down, the company announced Tuesday.... Read more»1

Shutdown cost economy $11 billion but effects shouldn't last, economists say

Once the government starts up and employees are paid back wages, the economy should recover from the 35-day shutdown.... Read more»

Raytheon to build Naval Strike Missile in Tucson

Working with a Norwegian company, defense contractor Raytheon will assemble anti-ship missiles for the Navy's littoral combat vessels, such as the USS Gabrielle Giffords, in what could be an $850 million deal. ... Read more»

Arizona added 1,000 manufacturing jobs over the past month

Arizona continues to surpass the nation in adding manufacturing jobs, with an increase of 9,000 over the past year and 1,000 over the month. But metro Tucson's manufacturing growth rate landed in fifth place behind other metro areas. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Tucson tops list of distressed Arizona cities

In the latest Distressed Communities report, Tucson ranks a shocking 91 out of 100. Nearly 59 percent of the city's ZIP codes are distressed and less than 8 percent are prosperous. This is the kind of calamity more likely seen in famously troubled places — and indeed the other bottom 10 include Detroit, Buffalo, and Newark.... Read more»

Raytheon awarded $900M to develop new nuclear cruise missile

Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson will work on plans for a new nuclear cruise missile, competing with Lockheed Martin for a contract that could be worth $10 billion in the future. The development competition will pay each defense contractor about $900 million over 4.5 years.... Read more»

Raytheon gets $66 million for SM-3 missile development

Tucson's Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $66 million contract to continue development of the SM-3 Block IIA Aegis Ashore ballistic missile, Pentagon officials said.... Read more»

Raytheon to restart SM-2 missile line after $650M sale

U.S. missile maker Raytheon plans to announce it will restart its Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) production line after a $650 million dollar order from four U.S. allies, the president of Raytheon Missile Systems, Taylor Lawrence, said on Sunday.... Read more»

‘Brain drain’ persists in Arizona

Tucson is known for its syrupy sweet Eegee’s slushies, superior Mexican food and for many years, it’s been haunted by stories of “brain drain” – that is, University of Arizona graduates leaving to work elsewhere after they get their degrees.... Read more»

Az lawmakers praise Trump on Syria strike, but warn about not being consulted

Most Arizona lawmakers agreed Friday that Syria’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians called for quick action by the U.S., but some said President Donald Trump went about it the wrong way.... Read more»

Trump admin. has found just $20M in existing funds for multi-billion border wall

President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout Trump's campaign, was to be financed with "existing funds." But so far, the DHS has identified only $20 million that can be re-directed to the multi-billion-dollar project.... Read more»

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