But Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed, the nation's largest defense contractor, has said almost 95,000 jobs could be at stake if the Pentagon didn't buy more of the planes. Most of those jobs are in California, Texas, Georgia and Connecticut.
The new fleet of presidential helicopters - with a price tag of $11.2 billion that was nearly double the original budget- also were considered at risk to be cut in the 2010 budget.
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