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Time for Defense Firms to Wake Up

October 02, 1994

Regarding Hughes' and now Northrop-Grumman's decision to downsize its work force ("The Downsizing of Defense: Northrop-Grumman to Slash 8,650 Jobs," Sept. 23) as well as its business potential: When are the defense industries going to realize that their future lies in marketing products to the consumer, not to the bloated Pentagon bureaucracy?

Japan during the 1960s, '70s and '80s got rich, filthy rich, by engineering, manufacturing and marketing a better automobile, stereo, television, VCR and Walkman, while our best engineering minds (Hughes, Northrop) were developing bombs, bombers and weapons delivery systems.

Get a clue! Diversify! Don't put those brilliant scientific and engineering minds in the unemployment line--put them into R&D for the next generation of consumer goods.

BRYAN HAYS

Saugus

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