In today’s edition, industrials editor and analyst Brendan Byrnes discusses some troubling news for defense contractors, including Lockheed Martin and other big names downstream. The Netherlands' parliament will vote to abandon plans to purchase its previously agreed-upon batch of F-35 jets, and other countries may also follow suit. Austerity and higher F-35 costs are forcing many countries to look for cheaper alternatives, and the possibility of upcoming sequestration in the U.S. would sting the entire industry.
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