Some aerospace contractors have dubbed Apr. 6 “Black Monday,” because of Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s announcement that he plans to scale back or terminate dozens of Pentagon programs in order to reshape the U.S. military. Nevertheless, the outlook for Pentagon aviation may not be as dark as it seems: Programs are being killed and some jobs will be lost, but Congress won’t approve the plan without a fight. Although contractors are bemoaning the cuts that Gates has handed down, ...


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