Take Two for February 7, 2013

Why 'sequestration' is a four-letter word to military contractors

Trade Show And Conference Held For Unmanned Aircraft Industry

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A Stalker UAS is on display at the Lockheed Martin booth during the Unmanned Systems North America trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on August 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This Stalker can be powered by a laser enabling it to stay aloft for longer periods that those with a fuel cell.

Businesses in every state will be keeping an eye on Washington over the next few weeks. The continued political stalemate there increases the possibility that automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts will kick in on March 1st. 

Nearly half of those the cuts would hit the military and California has a lot at stake, with its large numbers of bases, research facilities, and contractors. For The California Report, Erik Anderson of KPBS recently attended the largest military trade show on the West Coast and found lots of people talking about the "s-word." Sequestration.


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