BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - In just a matter days, deep federal spending cuts affect the U.S. military. Those cuts could affect business right here in Green Country.
Tactical Electronics in Broken Arrow can put wireless cameras on just about everything used by law enforcement, from tiny unmanned aerial vehicles to police K-9 units.
They also sell these products to the military, a market left in limbo by sequestration, the painful federal spending cuts scheduled to take effect in less than a week if Washington doesn't pass a budget deal.
"The sequestration is going to be devastating to the whole state," said Tulsa Congressman Jim Bridenstine. "Especially our state, because we do have such a strong military industrial complex here in Oklahoma, with Tinker Air Force Base and Altus Air Force Base."
Tactical Electronics tells us their 50 local employees' jobs are safe, because company leaders have been planning for the fallout. They plan to tap into other markets to sell their products.
"In the past year, Tactical Electronics has found that our technology and engineering capabilities can be applied in the oil and gas, medical, inventory and commercial construction industry," said company president Tim Thornton.
Bridenstine says not all businesses and military families will fare as well.
"The president and the liberals in the Senate are so committed to tax increases that they don't want to re-balance what they need to do, which is control spending," Bridenstine said.
Bridenstine says he doubts Congress will be able to reach a deal before the deadline, but is hopeful they will be able to reach an agreement soon thereafter, before the cuts cause major damage.
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