3 It's an industry that helps our military stay strong -- and today and tomorrow, local contractors who play a major role in protecting our national security will be in the spotlight. They're being connected with other companies that make up the National Defense Industry at the Second Annual First Coast Defense Expo at Cecil Airport. Channel 4's Erica Rakow talked with Congressman Ander Crenshaw who will be speaking at this event. Erica- good morning. 3 3 HE WILL BE SPEAKING TODAY AND TOMORROW AT THE DEFENSE EXPO.. CONGRESSMAN CRENSHAW SAYS HE'LL DISCUSS HIS WORK IN CONGRESS TO SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ALL THE LOCAL COMPANIES SO CENTRAL TO THAT MISSION. 3 00-05THE FIRST EVER FIRST COAST DEFENSE EXPO WAS SUCH A SUCCESS LAST YEAR.. THE SECOND ONE IS GETTING UNDERWAY THIS MORNING. MORE THAN 40 LOCAL AND REGIONAL COMPANIES WILL DISPLAY THEIR MATERIALS SET UP AT BOOTHS INSIDE THE JETPORT AT CECIL AIRPORT.14:04:58 this is really a great opportunity for showcasing what we do in northeast florida that a lot of people don't know about and that is do the work that makes our America a strong and safe nation CONGRESSMAN CRENSHAW SAYS THIS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS HOW BIG OF AN ANCHOR THE FIRST COAST IS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY..AND THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA'S DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE.14:05:21 people know about mayport, they know about NAS Jax but they don't know about the many many companies that work to build the ships to build the planes to do the things that need to be done to make sure we have a strong, well-equipped military CONGRESSMAN CRENSHAW WILL SPEAK TO EXHIBITORS AND ATTENDEES BOTH DAYS..HE SAYS THE EVENT UNDERSCORES THE IMPORTANCE OF THE REGIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE ECONOMY.. AND IT'S HIS MISSION TO MAKE SURE IT STAYS STRONG IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA.14:05:42 I'm concerned that this issue of the sequester is actually hurting our ability to make America safe so I think number 1 you've got to spend the dollars it takes because that's the number one responsibility the federal government that is to protect American lives and then we've got to work to see these companies grow prosper and do the things they need to do 3 THE EXPO IS TODAY AND TOMORROW AT CECIL AIRPORT.. IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT IT.. GO TO OUR WEBSITE, NEWS4JAX.COM.. WE'VE INCLUDED A LINK IN THE ARTICLE ON THIS STORY.