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New York Times  Apr 2  Comment 
Representative Paul D. Ryan’s plan, which increased defense spending and carved deeply from domestic programs, may serve as a guide for Republican candidates in this year’s coming elections.     
New York Times  Apr 1  Comment 
Representative Paul D. Ryan’s plan, which increased defense spending and carved deeply from domestic programs, may serve as a guide for Republican candidates in this year’s coming elections.     
Forbes  Mar 27  Comment 
In our view, this growing international footprint of the F-35 not only helps Lockheed offset the weak defense spending environment at home, but also saves many millions for the U.S. government in its procurement of this jet since a larger...
Forbes  Mar 25  Comment 
Spending targets have come in effect that allow government agencies such as the Department of Defense (DoD) to discretely allocate funds to priority areas. We figure this move will help Lockheed’s results as it is present on many important...
FX Street  Feb 26  Comment 
Outlook This is a big data week leading into the central bank policy meetings and US payrolls next... For more information, read our latest forex news and reports.
Forbes  Feb 25  Comment 
Reduced defense spending is coming to a community near you, whether you like it or fear it. Defense spending reductions projected for 2015 frighten my fellow Forbes.com contributor Loren Thompson, who writes “Weapons Cuts In 2015 Budget Leave...
Reuters  Feb 20  Comment 
Europe's biggest defense contractor BAE Systems warned on Thursday it expected earnings this year to drop by up to 10 percent as a result of U.S. spending cuts, with conditions still difficult despite a recent budget deal in Congress.
SeekingAlpha  Feb 19  Comment 
By Junius: Shares in Rolls Royce (OTCPK:RYCEY) (RR.L) have fallen by 19% since the company's 2013 earnings release on Thursday. Underlying pre-tax profits for the full-year rose 23% to 1.76 billion pounds ($2.92 billion), which exceeded analysts'...




 

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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