Defense firms, labor unions lobby against weapons programs cuts

04/28/2009 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

The Pentagon's plan to cut large weapons programs puts at least 100,000 defense jobs at risk as the nation continues to suffer from the ongoing economic recession, according to defense firms, labor unions and trade groups. The Aerospace Industries Association is among the groups speaking out against the proposed program cuts. "Aerospace and defense is a powerful economic engine. We must keep the industry strong," AIA President Marion Blakey said. Keeping defense workers employed is "a compelling argument. . . . These are high-paying jobs," she added.

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