You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


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.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week