CT Braces for Defense Industry Cuts

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid

With Congressional battles over government spending likely to continue into the foreseeable future, Connecticut’s defense contractors will need to evolve their businesses to remain successful, a Pratt & Whitney executive told a business forum Friday.

Jay DeFrank, vice president of communication and government relations for Pratt & Whitney, was one of three speakers at a panel discussion of the defense industry at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and MetroHartford Alliance’s annual Economic Summit.

This week, Congress brushed up against a deadline of their own making that’s been referred to as the “fiscal cliff.” In hopes of hammering out meaningful deficit reduction measures, they imposed tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts meant to serve as motivation to work together to eliminate some of the federal deficit.

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