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.


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.