Ahead of possible cuts, Panetta tours Conn. shipyard
Workers question defense chief
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was touring the shipyard of Electric Boat, a Navy contractor that could see its hopes to step up production of multibillion-dollar submarines stunted by deficit-trimming cuts in Washington. The visit yesterday to the company in Groton comes as a congressional panel works toward a Thanksgiving deadline to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in deficit savings over the next 10 years. Failure to produce a measure would trigger painful, across-the-board cuts to the defense budget.