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Benzinga  Mar 19  Comment 
A recent report by Deutsche Bank focused on the U.S. defense sector and how an environment of rising interest rates and falling oil prices will affect defense stocks. In the report, analysts raised their price targets for several names in the...
MarketWatch  Mar 18  Comment 
Hillary Clinton’s absence in key presidential states stokes unease; Senate Republicans pan House counterparts on defense spending; Obama sees trade trouble from Republicans.
MarketWatch  Mar 17  Comment 
House Republicans want the “sequester” to stick for military spending next year, but they are proposing a way around the budget cap to boost defense outlays.
Reuters  Mar 17  Comment 
U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday proposed higher defense spending and deep cuts to social services including healthcare for the poor in an aggressive new budget plan that seeks to eliminate deficits by 2024.
Clusterstock  Feb 24  Comment 
The US continues to hold the indisputable  top spot in defense spending, designating more than the combined expenditures of the top 15 nations according to an annual report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The...
Yahoo  Feb 19  Comment 
BAE Systems (BAES.L), the world's third-largest defense contractor by revenue, said it believed the worst was over for spending cuts in its key U.S. market as it forecast that earnings would return to growth in 2015. Its profits have been hit in...
MarketWatch  Jan 29  Comment 
President Barack Obama will send Congress a fiscal year 2016 budget next week proposing both military and domestic spending at levels surpassing the limits lawmakers agreed to in a 2011 deal.




 

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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