**FILE** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (left), has a light moment with Wesley Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman, and Democratic Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (right) on July 30, 2012, after speaking at a “stop sequestration rally” in Arlington. In January, $1.2 trillion in congressional sequestration cuts could affect the U.S. military and other government operations. Analysts say 2.14 million jobs could be lost. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)