For more than a year, manufacturers have been telling policy makers that the pending sequester, now set for March 1st, will impair our national security and cripple a vital part of the manufacturing sector. This morning at Georgetown University, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delivered the same message, and laid out the true national security ramifications.

On the need to maintain the defense industrial base, he told the audience, “The last damn thing we need, if we face a crisis, is to have to contract out that responsibility to another country.” As the deadline fasts approaches for the across-the-board cuts to kick in, we strongly urge Congress and the Administration to work together to replace the sequester with less damaging cuts in federal spending and not job-killing tax increases.

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