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A Boeing AH-64 Apache Helicopter in flight.

The AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, in high demand worldwide, is only made at the Boeing plant in Mesa, Arizona. Read more»

Ronald Young fashions a pylon used to hold weapons on the AH64D attack helicopter that is built at Boeing’s Mesa plant. The defense contractor employs more than 4,000 people at facilities in Arizona.

Defense contracts awarded in Arizona fell by $1.7 billion between 2012 and 2013, buffeted by the federal budget sequestration, a drawdown of U.S. military commitments and a sluggish economic recovery. Read more»

There are many Americans who are beginning to question the contributions big insurance companies make to our health care system. And I’m not just talking about lefty advocates of a single-payer system. Corporate executives are also wondering why we need the big insurers and whether higher-quality and more cost-effective care could be provided to employees if they didn’t have to deal with health insurers at all. Read more»

The united colors of outer space, at the International Space Station.

Think Russia has no way to put pressure on the United States? Think again. If you use a cellphone, have a GPS system in your car, or get cash from ATMs, you should be worried. Read more»

Federal contracting for all services has grown steadily over the last 20 years, but the number of contracts awarded in Arizona has grown at more than three times the national pace, as shown in the chart above.

Federal contract spending in Arizona grew more than three times faster than the national rate over the past 20 years, according to a Cronkite News Service analysis of government data. Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito may have more than quintupled his net worth in 2012 according to a financial disclosure statement released Wednesday. Read more»

If American corporations are, as the Supreme Court ruled in 2010, citizens entitled to free speech and other rights from the nation, what corresponding obligations to the nation do these corporations have? Read more»

Ronald Young, an employee at Boeing’s plant in Mesa, fashions a pylon used to hold weapons on the AH64D attack helicopter.

Smaller companies with contracts to supply products and services to Arizona’s top-tier aerospace and defense companies face the greatest threat if sequestration cuts take effect, according to a report released Tuesday. Read more»

Romney at the GOP debate in Phoenix in February.

Mitt Romney claims government will "constitute … almost 50 percent" of the U.S. economy when the new federal health care law takes full effect. That's nonsense. Read more»

Sgt. Ryan Pike, left, and Staff Sgt. Altaf Swati erect a tactical satellite radio antenna while on patrol in Afak, Iraq, Dec. 28, 2008.

Overly ambitious, poorly managed and saddled by incompatible goals, a program to create a single field radio that included testing on Fort Huachuca burned through $6 billion dollars while producing little working hardware. Another $11 billion was spent on old radios for the wars. Read more»

America’s largest corporations have increased the national debt by hundreds of billions since 2000. It’s time we stopped them from stealing from our children. Read more» 3

A Boeing 737.

Just months after fights to limit labor rights in Wisconsin and other states grabbed national attention, another messy labor dispute—this time with Boeing—is getting headlines. Read more»

A Southwest 737 in 2009.

The five-foot tear in the roof of a Southwest 737 last week has not only brought renewed attention to the problem of aging planes, but also to problems in oversight of the airline industry. Read more»

Last year’s battle over building additional F-22 Raptor fighter jets illustrated the parochial political interests of individual members of Congress when it comes to defense programs.

The battle lines for the most contentious defense budget process in decades are already being drawn. The first shots have been fired, with various deficit commissions issuing proposals for significant cuts in spending. Watch for parochial political interests and partisan preferences to play their part. Read more»

The U.S. Border Patrol's virtual fence project is equipped with surveillance cameras and motion sensors.

A multibillion dollar project to create a virtual fence along the U.S.-Mexico border has suffered budget setbacks and system glitches, pushing the projected completion date back three years and sparking concern among law enforcement officials. Read more»

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