Potential defense employees are steering clear of the field, put off by sequestration cuts, federal furloughs and other cutbacks, and some current workers are rethinking their profession in view of the uncertainty, some experts say. "Some of them are making the decision to move somewhere else given the setbacks," said Neil Gladstein, director of the strategic resources department at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The Aerospace Industries Association, meanwhile, is warning of a talent drain that the defense industry may be facing. "Our workforce has a unique and highly prized skill set that will be difficult and costly, perhaps impossible, to recreate," said AIA spokesman Dan Stohr.

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