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.
Reuters  Dec 9  Comment 
Indonesia's defense spending could grow to $20 billion a year by 2019 to protect its sovereignty, including an area of the South China Sea near China's claims, an adviser to new Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday.
New York Times  Dec 2  Comment 
A new push in the Senate has complicated efforts to pass a defense spending bill, threatening a piece of bipartisan legislation that needs approval before the end of the year.
Clusterstock  Nov 18  Comment 
Goldman Sachs looked at the next year of projected federal spending in a research note out today. After a relatively austere 2013 and a flat 2014, Goldman expects federal spending to have either no impact or a slightly negative impact on real...
Yahoo  Oct 30  Comment 
A smaller trade deficit and surge in defense spending buoyed U.S. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.5 percent annual pace, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. Despite decelerating from the second quarter's robust 4.6 percent growth rate, it...


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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