Military-Industrial Complex Hit Hard By Government Shutdown


According to reports, the government shutdown is slated to begin affecting the “industrial” side of the military-industrial complex as early as Monday, with a number of big-name defense contractors announcing that they will begin the process of furloughing thousands of workers at the beginning of the week.

Via The Hill:

Lockheed Martin said Friday that 3,000 employees would face furloughs on Monday due to the shutdown.

United Technologies Corp.’s (UTC) subsidiary Sikorsky plans to furlough 2,000 employees Monday if the shutdown is still in effect, and the defense firm said Pratt and Whitney and UTC Aerospace System could also issue 2,000 furloughs next week.

In all, UTC said more than 5,000 employees could be furloughed if the shutdown lasted into November.

Boeing said that it could issue furloughs “in the coming days,” and BAE Systems Inc. indicated 10 to 15 percent of its 35,000-person workforce could be impacted by the shutdown.

Many of the layoffs will correlate directly to furloughs already in motion within the government’s Defense Contract Management Agency. The DCMA has furloughed 85 percent of its personnel because of the government shutdown.

Two top defense industry executives sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel earlier in the week, explaining that the government would also slow the disbursement of funds that remain available to contractors.

“The impact on credit lines for small businesses and cash flow for other than small businesses will be significant in short order,” the insiders warn.

The Defense Department has already deemed about 400,000 of its civilian employees to be non-essential.

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  • Vis Fac

    All these jobs are UNION jobs who backed ODUMBO I guess they are finding out who and what ODUMBO really is now.

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est

    • FreedomFighter

      The military contractors will make up the losses, if any, to many conflicts in the world for them to even blink.
      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

      • Deerinwater

        You are dreaming! or just don’t really understand the significance and importance of government and the power of a dollar.

        These Carolina Cracker’s will be moaning the blues the first pay check they miss, ~ by the third check lost ~ all the civilian labor support of the Caroline’s military complex’s will take to the streets. ~ and there is a lot of them. ~ and they are not friendly.

        If you multiply this by federally subsides labor ~ across the nation ~ you’ve got yourself a very pissed off 900 pound Gorilla.

        So the blame game begins !

        • FreedomFighter

          The blame is squarely rested upon the shoulders of the American citizen. Combined with fraudulent elections and gullible voters manipulated by media to swallow a lie, accept the liars, ignore the thieves, promote the progressive communist scum, we have the leadership we have.
          The American citizen will have to get up and remove the cancerous progressive communist disease that now infects the nation in a parasitic diseased death bite, refusing to give up its most coveted prize — ObamaCare.
          Progressives are nothing more than a nasty parasite trying to kill host.
          Laus DeoSemper FI

          • Miyako

            Gullible Voters”? You Mean IGNORANT American Citizen Voters. In defense Of Them (The Far Left Jewish Bolshevik Media Has Spoon Fed Them All Their Lives. Air Force Vet.

      • Vis Fac

        This is true but I was referencing the UNION workers who voted for this CLOWN and embraced his health care debacle. Now for once in their pathetic lives they must face reality and that scares the crap out of them. They demand things go their way.

        I am not the least bit worried about the defense contractors they’ll make theirs when ODUMBO provides arms to our enemies.

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est

        • Miyako

          The Union States Are All Bankrupt. The RIGHT TO WORK STTES ARE In The Black. This Is How Unions Have Destroyed America.

          • Miyako

            Excuse Me I Rushed. States.

          • Vis Fac

            Yes Miyako unions are the bane of capitalism and the friend to liberalism. Unions are a cancer that eats and sucks the life out of an healthy organism to the point of killing its host. I need only reference Detroit Michigan as Detroit has been DUMBOCRITICALLY owned and operated for more than 60 years. They were once a thriving robust city the UAW and other local unions along with liberal one dimensional idiot ology KILLED the Auto Industry and Detroit with high pensions Paid to the public union retirement funds and general waste of tax dollars. The UAW was bailed out buy ODUMBO to leach more from the auto manufacturing industry.

            This is the plane ODUMBO has for America and Liberals being brain washed or brain dead cannot see it.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

  • Oliver_K_Manuel

    The industrial-military complex and the scientific technological elite have lived “high on the hog” for the past sixty-eight years, since atomic bombs decided the winner of the Second World War in 1945.

    2013 – 1945 = 68 years of deception about the energy stored in cores of heavy atoms, stars and galaxies.

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

  • crossrammed302

    They have lived high on the taxpayers dime for too long. And they are targeting American citizens with the latest technologies, which we paid for. Sorry, it’s time to force a cut back in all spending, acrosscthevwhole government sector. It’s time for congress to justify all the spending they’ve been doing and pay the debt payments first. Just like I have to at home, before I add the non-essentials.

  • John H. Holliday D.D.S.

    Yes, the Democrat Debt chickens are finally coming home to roost. The Piper wants to be paid. The Democrats now OWN the National Federal Debt. Reality is very painful for Democrats who are living in an immature irresponsible childish fantasy world of endless and always increasing bloated National Federal Debt.

  • Sam

    Well, I guess obama won’t be able to drag us into any wars while the government is having a partial shutdown.

    • Deerinwater

      so far , ~ that has been avoided without it.

      • borgerboy

        not because of any thing that Obama has done…where will the next red line be? Putin wants to know…

  • Miyako

    President Eisenhower Had Warned: “Beware Of The Military Complex”! $$

    • vicki

      The Presidents actual speech

      • Miyako

        Thank You Vicki. It was Nice To refresh My Memory. I would add….. That Its Not Safe For Americas Military…..To Have Imported Military Equipment. Example (Boeing And Its DREAM LINER.) Made Is Several Different Country’s. To Avoid The Onerous UNION SCALE LABOR Costs. I Don’t Blame Boeing. Also Americas Federal Government ….Is A Failure To Me. They allow CHINA (COMMUNIST) To Dump Material In Our Stores With No Tariffs On Their Products. (Ignorant Elected Federal Officials) I Think America needs A New Federal Government’? One Who Has Term Limits And No Going To Work In The Private Sector When Removed From Public Office.