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a recent arizona state university analysis estimates the missile-maker's annual impact to arizona's economy to be $2 billion. hannah gaber/azcentral.com

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raytheon co. will add about 2,000 jobs to its tucson missile-making facility over the next five years, the waltham, m .-based company announced friday.(p o: raytheon)

i find it upsetting to read letters like michael sarda's ("stop pretending defense industry is an honest living"). printing such historical illiteracy on the editorial page shouldn't be happening.

the defense industry has provided an amazing amount of products that we take for granted in our everyday lives. mr. sarda mentions "infrastructure." the largest road program in the u.s. has been, and is, the interstate highway system. that is a system of defense highways built for military purposes. those roads exist only because of military need. but they also have become a tremendous economic boon to america.

the same can be said of food preservation, medicine and all sorts of other technology. we only know what the ocean bottoms look like because of technology to hunt submarines in wartime. that technology also led to the discovery of plate tectonics and a better understanding of our planet.

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radio, television, and network systems all benefited from military technology.

use gps? that was a military technology.

we couldn't have gone to moon without military development of ballistic missiles.

like hybrid and battery power cars? those are possible only because of developments in technology that the military lead. the "mil-spec" has led to quality control standards in every industry that didn't exist prior.

so, next time you want to complain about the defense industry, step back and look at all the wonder stuff that resulted from their efforts to improve the way we as a race fight wars and kill each other. sometimes, good things come from bad places.

— terry a. gardner, glendale

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