The defense industry has become the backbone of what’s left of manufacturing in the Northeast. But don’t take my word for it, just look out the window of your car as you drive from D.C. to Cape Cod. From the sprawling Northrop Grumman electronics plant near Baltimore to the Boeing helicopter factory south of Philadelphia to the Lockheed Martin electronics complex by the turnpike in Jersey to the General Dynamics shipyard in Connecticut, military contractors are operating the biggest industrial sites in the region. If you don’t think losing the hundreds of thousands of jobs associated with these sites would be devastating for the region, then you don’t understand the U.S. economy. I have written a travelogue for Forbes that you can read here.
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