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Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Longbow Apache helicopter.

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Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Longbow Apache helicopter.

Defense Contractors Lead $87 Million Lobbying by Top 10 in 2013

Lobbying spending by the 10 biggest U.S. contractors increased by just 2 percent last year over the previous 12 months as they faced a new round of across-the-board spending cuts and a partial government shutdown. The companies, including Northrop Grumman Corp. and...

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The A-3 tower was designed to test a GenCorp Inc. engine for a rocket program canceled in 2010.

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The A-3 tower was designed to test a GenCorp Inc. engine for a rocket program canceled in 2010.

Congress Serving Pork — Not ‘Rocket Science’

When Congress agreed with President Barack Obama in 2010 and shut down the Constellation program to send astronauts to the moon and beyond, it did so with one condition: NASA finishes construction of a tower to test an engine for...

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A Boeing Co. 747-8 aircraft during the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2013 in South Korea.

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A Boeing Co. 747-8 aircraft during the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2013 in South Korea.

Contractors Who Opposed Shutdown Give to Lawmakers Who Prolonged It

Political action committees of the 10 biggest federal contractors, including Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., contributed to more than 60 percent of House Republicans even after they opposed ending a government shutdown that caused “serious disruptions” in the companies’...

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Sailors salute during the commissioning ceremony for the USS Freedom littoral combat ship (LCS-1) at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Sailors salute during the commissioning ceremony for the USS Freedom littoral combat ship (LCS-1) at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

#LCSMilwaukee: Little Criticized Ship

The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, whose initials have invited variations on the often-criticized craft’s acronym, is still the little ship that can in the eyes of its makers. This celebrated launch is the latest sign that Lockheed Martin and allies...

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A model of a F-16 fighter jet, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp., during the 13th Dubai Airshow at Dubai World Central on Nov. 18, 2013.

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A model of a F-16 fighter jet, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp., during the 13th Dubai Airshow at Dubai World Central on Nov. 18, 2013.

Aerospace Industry Decries ‘Excessive Pursuit of Fiscal Austerity”

The defense aerospace industry, which includes contracting giants Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, has been a strong financial supporter of congressional Republicans, allotting 63 percent of their campaign donations this year to the party’s candidates and committees. The Republicans’ insistence...

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A migrant worker in Finchville, Kentucky.

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A migrant worker in Finchville, Kentucky.

Obama to CEOs: Immigration Adds $850 Bln to Balance, $1.4 Tln GDP

President Barack Obama, who is asking Congress to finish work on a revision of immigration laws this year, is huddling today with the leaders of major companies that have an interest in the cause. The invited included manufacturers and financiers...

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A Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 Lightning outside the company's stand during the Farnborough International Air Show.

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A Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 Lightning outside the company's stand during the Farnborough International Air Show.

Was Lockheed Martin a Boy Scout?

The companies most affected by the government shutdown weren’t much affected at all. They simply followed the old Boy Scout motto: “Be prepared.” The biggest U.S. federal contractors reported third-quarter earnings this week that showed little harm to their profits,...

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A Lockheed Martin Corp. Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) hangs above the exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) unmanned systems conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13, 2013.

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A Lockheed Martin Corp. Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) hangs above the exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) unmanned systems conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13, 2013.

Defense Industry Furloughs Workers as Asking Gov’t to Reopen

The defense industry, which gave 60 percent of its contributions to Republicans in the 2012 elections, is furloughing workers as the partial government shutdown continues. “Shutting down the government has been a tragic mistake,” said Marion Blakey, president and CEO...

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Worker Kevin Foste installs a U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign in Washington, D.C.

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Worker Kevin Foste installs a U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign in Washington, D.C.

Businesses Want Republicans They Backed to Help Reopen Government

Business groups that helped elect House Republicans now want them to reopen the government. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent $35.7 million during the 2012 campaign, primarily on behalf of Republicans, sent its lobbyists to Capitol Hill to push...

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