Worried about more Defense Department budget cuts, the aerospace industry has joined the lobbying fray to spin more Pentagon cutbacks as dangerous. The Aerospace Industries Association, which has member companies that include big players in the market as well as smaller suppliers, is coordinating a campaign dubbed "Second to None" that will aim to protect the Pentagon's portfolio of weapons systems and encourage investments in new high-tech program....With more trimming considered likely, defense-related companies are, understandably, concerned about their bottom lines. ... Cutting, delaying, or canceling weapons programs is often the go-to strategy when lawmakers or Pentagon officials need to generate quick cash....During a press conference on Wednesday, AIA chief Marion Blakey argued that under such circumstances, hundreds of thousands of jobs would be at risk. The trade group estimates that aerospace and defense companies support 2.9 million jobs around the country.
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