How $1T budget deal will affect LI defense contractors

The new $1.01 trillion budget deal, Anne Shybunko-Moore, The new $1.01 trillion budget deal, Anne Shybunko-Moore, president of defense contractor GSE Dynamics in Hauppauge, says how the defense funds are distributed could stall Long Island production lines. (Oct. 6, 2011) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a $1.01-trillion budget deal that restores some sequester cuts, but defense industry insiders say the plan's impact on Long Island will hinge on precisely how the funding pie is sliced.

Many Long Island aerospace contractors focus on producing parts for legacy aircraft, said Anne D. Shybunko-Moore, president of Hauppauge-based GSE Dynamics Inc., and decisions by Department of Defense logistics administrators to slash or delay those programs could stall production lines.

"That's of direct concern for some of the local companies," she said.

The bipartisan deal, passed in the Senate by a vote of 64-36, restores $22.4 billion of the automatic sequester cuts to the Defense Department budget for 2014. The legislation, approved by the House last week, allocates $552.2 billion for the fiscal year's regular Pentagon budget and an additional $80.7 billion for overseas conflicts.

William Wahlig, executive director of Long Island Forum for Technology, a business advocacy group, said the budget deal is unlikely to have short-term consequences given the glacial pace of the military spending process, which can stretch a year or two.