Forbes  Oct 15  Comment 
In the third quarter, we anticipate Textron to continue to post healthy growth in its results as gains from Beechcraft and higher Bell helicopter deliveries more than offset negative impact from the weak U.S. defense spending. For the full year...
Reuters  Oct 10  Comment 
Specialty truckmaker Oshkosh Corp said it would cut its defense segment workforce by about 250 to 300 hourly positions, as it continues to grapple with lower U.S. defense spending and reductions in military production.
Clusterstock  Oct 9  Comment 
(Reuters) - Specialty truckmaker Oshkosh Corp said it would cut its defense segment workforce by about 250 to 300 hourly positions, due to lower U.S. defense spending and reductions in military production. The Wisconsin-based company reported a...
Benzinga  Sep 30  Comment 
Analysts at Stifel Nicholas issued a fresh note Tuesday morning and upgraded their rating on Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) from Hold to Buy and announced a $115 price target. The expected future benefit to the stock price is to come from...
SeekingAlpha  Sep 30  Comment 
By David Zanoni: Just a few days after my article on Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) was published, Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to a buy from a previous hold rating. Deutsche Bank stated that it believes defense spending has bottomed as global...
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.


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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