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MarketWatch  May 30  Comment 
President Donald Trump on Tuesday took Germany to task over trade and defense spending, met with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency and interviewed two more candidates to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
New York Times  May 25  Comment 
In a statement at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, President Trump said that members of the alliance must "finally contribute" their fair share to defense spending and that it was “not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.”
DailyFinance  May 23  Comment 
Filed under: News, Politics, White House Moving past the headline numbers — $1.7 trillion in spending cuts, massive reduction in the long-term for social safety net programs, and increased defense spending — many economists and political...
Motley Fool  May 6  Comment 
The "base" defense budget is only part of the picture.
Forbes  May 2  Comment 
President Trump lost the battle to get his defense spending proposals through. But, even so, this is a year of overspending on defense, guided by Congressional pork considerations.
Motley Fool  Apr 30  Comment 
Meanwhile, a 100% majority of recent presidents don't seem to care what voters think.
Yahoo  Apr 28  Comment 
The Republican-led Congress averted a U.S. government shutdown on Friday and gave lawmakers another week to work out federal spending through Sept. 30, with tricky issues like defense spending still unresolved. The Senate passed a stopgap spending...
Forbes  Apr 25  Comment 
How many State Department policymakers ever visited with counterparts over there? Probably, zilch. Do we know what percentage of their GDP is allocated to defense spending? Does their GDP grow or stagnate?
DailyFinance  Apr 24  Comment 
Filed under: Finance, Business, News President Donald Trump is requesting a $54 billion increase in defense spending — a nearly 10 percent increase over the $582.7 billion budget former President Barack Obama proposed for the Department of...
Forbes  Apr 24  Comment 
Global defense spending has increased for the first time since 2011, according to the latest report from SIPRI. In total, countries around the world splurged $1.68 trillion on arms in 2016, a 0.4 percent increase on 2015.




 

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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