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Opinion: All eyes on England

Valerie Dugan
Valerie Dugan

Valerie B. Dugan, CFP, is a senior vice president and financial advisor in the Hartford office of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

With a huge percentage of Connecticut’s economy dependent upon the defense and aerospace industries, all eyes turned toward England over the past week.

The international air show at Farnborough, England, concluded July 20. In 2012, $712 billion in new orders were announced at this biannual event.

How that will compare with new orders announced this year will be an important indicator of the health of these key industries — as well as the resulting economic benefits to flow to the Nutmeg State? The final numbers are still being tallied.

Last year, more than 3,000 companies in Connecticut won nearly $10.2 billion in defense contracts. … About 100,000 people in the state are employed in the defense and aerospace industries with combined payroll of about $7 billion.

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