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Mass. defense firms paying price of US spending cuts

Billerica’s American Science lays off 40

American Science and Engineering Inc. is the latest Massachusetts defense contractor to be hit by US military spending cuts, which have already taken a toll on some of the state’s biggest employers and are threatening tens of thousands of jobs.

The Billerica maker of bomb-detection equipment used by the military and law enforcement agencies around the world has laid off 40 people, or 10 percent of its workforce, as it prepares for even deeper reductions in orders from the Pentagon.

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