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Pentagon cuts could include Taunton program

Proposal would trim $414m from battlefield data project, eliminating hundreds of jobs

Hundreds of Massachusetts jobs are in the balance as the Defense Department is expected on Thursday to propose a one-time funding cut to a military communications project being developed by General Dynamics in Taunton.

Company and congressional officials expect the General Dynamics contract to build a mobile high-speed data communications network for troops in the field to be included on a list of suggested budget cuts the Pentagon is scheduled to submit to Congress Thursday. The proposed $414 million cut — about half of the project’s current annual appropriation — could result in the loss of hundreds of jobs at the Taunton factory, and possibly at other subcontractors in Massachusetts, company officials said.

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