Forbes  Jul 18  Comment 
We figure in the second quarter, the company will likely see lower year-over-year defense segment revenues. However, this decline from the defense segment, will likely be more than offset by growth from the company’s commercial airplane segment,...
SeekingAlpha  Jun 21  Comment 
By Trefis: Lockheed Martin's (NYSE:LMT) 2013 top line fell by 4% annually to $45.4 billion due to the U.S. government’s across-the-board spending cuts, called sequestration. In the current year, due to flat defense spending from the...
SeekingAlpha  Jun 13  Comment 
By Michael Thomas: Introduction Whether you feel the United States acts as the police force for the world or as the big bully on the block, one thing that has been consistent is the amount of money the United States spends on defense. The...
Forbes  Jun 1  Comment 
TOKYO-Troubled with increasingly belligerent regional overtures by China, Japan continues expanding its defense spending and building a legal framework for new wartime functionalities in keeping with their post-World War II treaty obligations...
FX Street  May 27  Comment 
When you get past a flash-in-the-pan surge in defense spending, the message from today’s durable... For more information, read our latest forex news and reports.  May 27  Comment 
WASHINGTON (MNI) - The latest U.S. durables orders data suggest military spending held up the total, masking some underlying weakness. April durable goods orders surprised at +0.8% in a third monthly gain. The expectation was for a decline. Ex...
Reuters  May 21  Comment 
Boeing Co , the world's No. 1 commercial satellite producer, says strong demand in the commercial market will help its satellite division weather a downturn in U.S. defense spending and should continue to boost revenues in coming years.
Forbes  May 2  Comment 
Over the last week, the various panels comprising the House Armed Services Committee have generated hundreds of pages of proposed legislative language and analysis concerning defense spending for the fiscal year beginning October 1.  Their work...


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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