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Just in time for the Republican National Convention, the Center for Security Policy has reissued a database of defense spending across congressional districts.

Here’s a look at contracts coming to some of the House’s most influential members on defense matters. Defense contracts are highly concentrated in the district of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), which includes the Pentagon. Moran’s district pulled in $32.1 billion in defense contracts in 2011, according to the file. Moran could succeed Rep. Norm Dicks (Wash.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, in the next Congress.

The largest haul for Moran, $3.96 billion, comes from a collection of 1,500 contracts from a variety of foreign contractors. But his district and neighboring ones also receive billions from information technology and consulting companies. That includes $2.57 billion from Booz Allen Hamilton, $1.72 billion from HP Enterprise Services and $1.4 billion from Computer Sciences Corp.

By comparison, Dicks, often referred to as “Mr. Boeing” because of the aerospace giant’s huge footprint in the Seattle area and his defense of the company’s KC-46A tanker bid, only scored $264 million in defense contracts, none of them from Boeing.

However, Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), had 36 contracts in 2011 from Boeing worth $4.5 billion — 87% of the district’s total defense contracts.

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), HASC chairman, received $1.06 billion in defense contracts, and Northrop Grumman made up 69% of that total.

Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, received $904 million in total contracts. The district received $404.1 million in contracts from General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, $196.1 million in contracts from Raytheon and $89.9 million from Alliant Techsystems.

The spreadsheets alphabetically list the 2011 defense contracts for each congressional district, noting instances in which the work is conducted in two districts. The center had released a more extensive database of defense contractor work in March that looked back to 2006 and included state-by-state breakdowns. This one, however, zeroes right in on congressional districts as a point of comparison for campaigns looking to highlight the effects of potential across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration that could take place in January. The center says that “sequestration defense budget cuts are estimated to total 18% or more when combined with earlier budget cuts.”

If sequestration does take place in January, the Defense Department estimates programs not exempt from the penalty will be reduced by 10%.

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