Motley Fool  Jul 14  Comment 
Tough talk from Trump should have the intended result, but could also motivate European allies to spend more on domestically produced goods.
Yahoo  Jul 13  Comment 
Trump claims victory in convincing European allies to raise defense spending, giving defense stocks a big boost on Thursday.
Yahoo  Jul 12  Comment 
President Donald Trump reiterated the U.S. commitment to NATO Thursday after a contentious meeting in which he said allies agreed to raise defense spending by $33 billion amid his reported threats to withdraw. “Everyone’s agreed to...
MarketWatch  Jul 11  Comment 
President Donald Trump pressured allies at the NATO summit Wednesday to double the defense spending target to 4% of gross domestic product, while bashing Germany for its military spending and support for a major gas deal with Russia.
MarketWatch  Jul 11  Comment 
President Donald Trump told NATO leaders that they should double their defense spending from the current target by 2024 of 2% of GDP to 4%, according to a Bloomberg News story quoting Bulgaria's president. "President Trump, who spoke, raised the...
Yahoo  Jul 10  Comment 
Most NATO members don't meet targets for defense spending – but they contribute in other ways.
Channel News Asia  Feb 14  Comment 
Rising U.S. government spending on the Pentagon is fueling a spree of deal making among defense companies.
Wall Street Journal  Feb 13  Comment 
President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget blueprint that projects deficits next year nearly double what his proposal estimated last year, underscoring how Republicans’ desire for lower taxes and more defense spending has derailed...
MarketWatch  Feb 8  Comment 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she'll vote against a two-year budget deal that would boost domestic and defense spending. The California Democrat has demanded a vote on protecting Dreamers, but the issue of undocumented...


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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