World at Work: Marinette, Wisconsin

By Jane Hwang - 2013-03-07T18:06:34Z

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

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Employees weld an aluminum component of an LCS. The size of the Navy's fleet has long been a topic of political debate. In last year’s presidential campaign, Republican candidate Mitt Romney faulted President Barack Obama for letting it shrink to the smallest number of ships since 1916. Obama retorted: “We also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed.”