Nondefense cuts could hurt military contractors

12/12/2012 | National Journal

Defense contractors are worried not only about sequestration cuts to the Pentagon's budget, but about nondefense reductions as well. Cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Institutes of Health and other agencies would hurt defense firms whose work is connected to that spending, experts say. "It's not just the defense industry or private-sector workers who are on the chopping block here, but non-defense programs and workers as well," Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO Marion Blakey said this week.

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