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Military shift may shield N.E. jobs

Technology needs expected to rise

WASHINGTON - A new military emphasis on air and naval power that President Obama is expected to advocate in his State of the Union address tomorrow could soften the blow of defense cuts on New England companies and research labs, according to lawmakers and defense analysts.

Republicans and Democrats have raised concerns that plans for cutting the projected growth of defense spending by at least $487 billion over the next decade will hurt small and large companies and research universities that depend on military contracts to support tens of thousands of jobs across New England.

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