RECENT NEWS  Nov 5  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Senate Democrats voted to block a defense spending bill for the third time on Thursday, drawing harsh criticism from their Republican colleagues. The Senate voted 51 to 44 in favor of moving forward with the bill, falling...
Forbes  Oct 23  Comment 
Look closely. President Obama's explanation of his veto of the defense spending bill Thursday forcefully denounces defense waste. This has escaped press notice because of the veto’s other two simpler messages (about overall budget funding...
Forbes  Oct 4  Comment 
The $604 billion defense spending bill now nears passage with many billions of dollars in rampant defense waste scattered throughout. Aircraft waste on the pricey but flawed F-35, Navy waste on a next generation of nuclear submarines, and systemic...  Sep 29  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - The US Defense Department has released the Defense Spending by State Fiscal Year 2014 report, which examines U.S. defense spending in FY 2014, at the state and local levels, for all 50 states and Washington, D.C. According...
Benzinga  Sep 9  Comment 
As the 2016 U.S. presidential election season begins to ramp up, Deutsche Bank believes that now is the time to buy defense stocks. In a new report, analyst Myles Walton discusses the favorable setup for defense stocks ahead of the...
MarketWatch  Aug 17  Comment 
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Monday that reduced defense spending could have adverse long-term economic impacts, including undermining technological innovations that ultimately produce jobs in the private sector.
Clusterstock  Jul 23  Comment 
“O f all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many...
Benzinga  Jun 19  Comment 
After passing a bill that earmarked $612 billion for defense spending in 2016, Democrats in the U.S. senate blocked an appropriations measure that would have provided those funds. The decision marks the first of what many believe will be a series...


Defense spending is the amount the sovereign of a country invests in weapons, weapon systems, and soldiers.

It is impossible (today) to get perfect exposure to increases in defense spending, because not all beneficiaries of increases are private companies - i.e., increases in defense spending could be used for increases in soldiers' salaries. (However, PMCs are becoming more widespread at it is not impossible to imagine a time when all soldiers are private contractors.)

Major defense companies include Lockheed Martin (LMT) , Raytheon Company (RTN) and Boeing Company (BA). Defense companies that focus on software include SAIC (SAI). One OTCBB listed security within the defense sector is Sector 10 (SECT).

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