Boeing commercial business is headquartered in WA, but the majority of their work in the state is for the commercial side of the business. Their Defense business is headquartered and operated in St. Louis where the F-15 and F-18 are built. There’s obviously other operations throughout the country like other large corporations, but they’re not creating WA jobs by getting more money for Boeing.
Additionally they get the vast majority of their revenues and profits from the commercial side most years, but that side has been hurting the last 2 years with how they fucked up with the 737.
I’m not discounting that Congress has royally screwed up with how they appropriate funds on the military. Most of the equipment that is bought is requested by the services, but they don’t get the advancement in tech that they want in lieu of congressional adds for more tanks or older generation equipment.
Point is people start on the weapons manufacturers anytime this stuff happens, but don’t actually understand that most of their revenues won’t see any marketable change outside of full blown conventional war with a country like China or Russia that requires constant churn of new equipment (most of which takes 2+ years to make).
The paramilitary contractors are a different story, they actually do see a huge spike in business when these things happen.
Edit: correction since I was speaking of the different headquarters of their two main operations and inadvertently referred to the overall corporation being headquartered in WA versus Chicago.
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