Bad timing for Defense Secretary Robert Gates' announcement that he wants to kill off Joint Forces Command -- and the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic benefit it represents for the Hampton Roads region.
Also out today is a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau that touts Hampton Roads as one of only three large metropolitan areas in the United States were income went up in 2009. (Here's a link to that story.)
The reason that our area -- along with Washington, D.C., and San Antonio, Texas -- is doing better than most others?
Spending by the government in general and the Defense Department in particular.