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Defense shift plays to region's strengths

Robotics, other small-scale efforts favored

Bedford manufacturer iRobot, which developed the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle, will probably see more business. Bedford manufacturer iRobot, which developed the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle, will probably see more business. (Michael Fein/Bloomberg/file 2008)
By Bryan Bender
Globe Staff / April 11, 2009

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WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's plans to introduce new gear to protect troops, invest in more robotics technology, and develop new intelligence-gathering systems will probably mean a long-term boost to a variety of New England companies and universities, helping to offset the proposed cuts to large-scale weapons programs, according to a review of the Defense Department's latest budget. (Full article: 874 words)

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