Defense Industry Shifts Focus to Minimizing Damage from Sequester

February 17, 2013

The defense industry is no longer fighting to stop sequestration before March 1.
 
Recognizing that no one in Congress expects a deal before the across-the-board cuts hit in March, industry groups are now strategizing to get them reversed as soon as possible after they take effect, keeping the damage to a minimum.

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), which has led the fight to stop the cuts, is changing its tactics to highlight the impacts of sequestration as they happen, rather than warning of theoretical dangers.
 
“The fight’s not over. When sequestration goes into effect on March 1, we don’t shrivel up and die — we just get louder,” said AIA spokesman Dan Stohr.
 
“We’re trying to strategize how we want to approach this in a way that really raises the volume in an effective way and convinces Congress that they need to do something about this as soon as possible.”
 
AIA has been warning Washington about the dangers of sequestration for more than 18 months now, but most of the talk has been about the potential for jobs lost.

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