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SIPRI stats show the market near Red China is still red hot -- and identify a new up-and-coming market for defense companies.  Apr 28  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - In an unexpected move, members of the House Armed Services Committee have narrowly approved a measure that would require women to register for the military draft. The committee voted 32 to 30 in favor of the provision,...
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The ‘peace dividend’ that propelled the global economy after 1989 is in jeopardy, writes Satyajit Das.
Forbes  Jan 21  Comment 
Since peaking at $691 billion in 2010, or 6% of U.S. GDP, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)’s annual budget (which makes up about 40% of the world’s military spending) has fallen by nearly 20%. Last year, U.S. defense spending checked in at...
Forbes  Jan 4  Comment 
There is no peace candidate for president. In the past few years, defense spending has been declining. Given the current mood of the candidates and, presumably, the electorate, that suggests defense spending should turn up in 2017.  Nov 5  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Senate Democrats voted to block a defense spending bill for the third time on Thursday, drawing harsh criticism from their Republican colleagues. The Senate voted 51 to 44 in favor of moving forward with the bill, falling...
Forbes  Oct 23  Comment 
Look closely. President Obama's explanation of his veto of the defense spending bill Thursday forcefully denounces defense waste. This has escaped press notice because of the veto’s other two simpler messages (about overall budget funding...


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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