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...
Forbes  Apr 27  Comment 
The CBS program '60 Minutes' gave the United States a wake-up call tonight with its broadcast about China's development of weapons to use against U.S. military satellites. This intersects with several linked recent and ongoing defense procurement...
Wall Street Journal  Apr 23  Comment 
Rockwell Collins’ profit rose 6% and the company reaffirmed its outlook for the year, as sales rose across all segments amid a stabilization in U.S. defense spending and business jet production.
Clusterstock  Apr 23  Comment 
(Reuters) - U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co , the maker of Tomahawk and Amraam missiles, reported a 4 percent fall in quarterly sales as U.S. defense spending remained weak. Net income attributable to Raytheon fell to $551 million, or $1.79 per...
Forbes  Apr 22  Comment 
With Republicans now in control of the Senate Armed Services Committee as well as its House counterpart, the stars may be in alignment to roll back the checks placed by past Congresses on cost overruns. Only the taxpayer loses.
Benzinga  Mar 19  Comment 
A recent report by Deutsche Bank focused on the U.S. defense sector and how an environment of rising interest rates and falling oil prices will affect defense stocks. In the report, analysts raised their price targets for several names in the...


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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