Debate to Begin on Defense Cuts that Could Cost Mass. Hundreds of Jobs

June 29, 2012

A package of proposed cuts by the Pentagon that could imperil hundreds of jobs at a General Dynamics facility in Taunton is set to be presented to congressional committees Friday, company and government officials said.

A spokesman for the Republican majority on the House Armed Services Committee said it expects that the Pentagon submission will involve a large amount of so-called reprogramming requests, in which the military diverts unspent funds from existing contracts to other uses, such as for unexpected cost overruns. 

General Dynamic officials said they expect the Pentagon to recommend a $414 million reduction in the annual appropriation for its military communications project called WIN-T, for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical. The system, which would allow ground troops to exchange data via satellite while on the move in vehicles, is being developed at the company's Taunton plant, which employs about 1,000 workers. 

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