(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah companies are benefiting from an increase in defense spending.
That's according to a report in today's Salt Lake Tribune.
Contracts in the state have shot up by more than 50 percent since President Bush took office, and spending is expected to exceed two (B)billion dollars for the first time this year.
Estimates show that's added thousands of jobs in the state.
Northrop Grumman was the state's largest contractor, landing 876 (M)million dollars in defense contracts in 2003.
Its 12-hundred workers in Clearfield and Salt Lake City update the aging Minuteman missiles, build navigation systems for the Air Force's newest planes, and produce a submarine warning system.
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