Study: Virginia, Hawaii, Alaska would be hit hardest by defense cuts

The threat of $500 billion in automatic defense cuts, which would be triggered by the supercommittee’s failure, could hit all states through potential losses of defense contracts and military personnel.

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But the cuts wouldn’t hit the states evenly: Those with military bases and big defense contractors have the most at risk.

Virginia, for instance, had nearly 178,000 military personnel stationed there in 2009, and defense contractors were awarded $38.7 billion in the state. Northrop Grumman, which chose to move its headquarters to Virginia from California last year, had $5.8 billion in contracts, the highest of any company in Virginia.