The Geography of Defense Cuts

Robert Levinson

The GOP is fighting to spare the Pentagon from $500 billion in cuts. Yet the across-the-board reductions will probably hit Democrats harder than Republicans. A look at the 20 districts that receive the most in defense contracts.

Washington 9th

Rep. Adam Smith

$5.58b

Total fiscal 2012 contracts (blue = Democratic district)

The military bought $33 million in lobster tails, beef rump, and other food for troops from Sysco. Oberto Sausage supplied $3 million in beef jerky.

California 52nd

Rep. Scott Peters

$6.22b

Drone maker General Atomics in San Diego collected $2.34 billion, much of it for MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers.

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17th: Rep. Mike Honda

$4.88b

47th: Rep. Alan Lowenthal

$3.73b

33rd: Rep. Henry Waxman

$3.73b

Texas 12th

Rep. Kay Granger

$9.84b

Total fiscal 2012 contracts (red = Republican district)

At Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant, 9,200 people are building the new F-35 jet, a program begun in 1997 that won’t be finished until 2034.

Arizona

3rd: Rep. Raul Grijalva

$4.88b

Missouri 1st

Rep. William Lacy Clay

$11.41b

Almost 90 percent went to Boeing in St. Louis. Much of the work — building jets for sale to the Saudis by the Pentagon — may be spared from cuts.

Kentucky 3rd

Rep. John Yarmuth

$3.7b

Louisville-based Humana provided health insurance to 3 million active and retired military families in the South, costing taxpayers $2 billion.

Mississippi

4th: Rep. Steven Palazzo

$4.31b

Alabama

5th: Rep. Mo Brooks

$5.91b

Connecticut

3rd: Rep. Rosa DeLauro

$4.96b

2nd: Rep. Joe Courtney

$4.24b

Virginia 10th

Rep. Frank Wolf

$4.48b

Systems 2000, in Chantilly, supplied commissaries with $97 million in goods. One of the costliest: toilet paper.

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8th: Rep. Jim Moran

$11.14b

11th: Rep. Gerry Connolly

$9.77b

3rd: Rep. Bobby Scott

$4.29b

Massachusetts 5th

Rep. Ed Markey

$3.4b

MIT was awarded almost a third of the money to do research on space, missile defense, and cybersecurity.

Maryland

2nd: Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger

$4.73b

Washington, D.C.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

$4.37b

The biggest recipient is the U.S. Department of Energy. It received $335 million to manage nuclear reactors on Navy ships and submarines.

DATA AS OF FEB. 15, BLOOMBERG GOVERNMENT

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