President Obama’s new defense strategy plays to the strengths of the Puget Sound’s military resources and could shield the region from severe cuts in Pentagon spending, lawmakers said Thursday.
The new defense guidance prioritizes threats along the Pacific Rim and maintains spending on the nation’s fleet of 11 aircraft carriers.
That direction could translate to steady work for aircraft carrier maintenance at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton and a carrier consistently anchored in Everett, Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, said. Naval Base Kitsap should be able to continue with its $700 million upgrade to its explosive handling …