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Letters | tough realities for defense industry

Warren’s victory sends message that defense industry needs new business model

 Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren and Governor Deval Patrick were among those honoring veterans and their families at a State House ceremony last Sunday.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren and Governor Deval Patrick were among those honoring veterans and their families at a State House ceremony last Sunday.

Re “Defenseindustry watching Warren” (Page A1, Nov. 12): So, the Massachusetts Defense Technology Initiative believes that Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren “has an obligation” to the defense industry? The outcome of the election suggests otherwise.

Warren’s victory over Senator Scott Brown, despite the contribution of 30 times more money to the Brown campaign from defense firms, should send a strong message. The people have spoken. We need to cut defense outlays regardless of short-term economic ramifications.

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Those concerned with uncontrolled government spending should look to wasteful weapons systems and Cold War vestiges rather than to the Medicaid and Social Security programs that millions have paid into and rely upon for future sustenance.

Even if it hurts the bottom line at Raytheon, General Dynamics, and other defense giants, the outdated and counterproductive notion that the United States should be the world’s weapons supplier and police force has been repudiated by the results in this election. Defense contractors should take note and recalibrate their business models accordingly. That is their obligation.

Dan Seferian

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