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newratings.com  Jul 14  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Senate Democrats voted Thursday to block two separate bills on defense spending and funding to fight the Zika virus. The bills both failed to clear procedural hurdles even as the Senate prepares to begin a seven-week recess...
Benzinga  Jun 15  Comment 
The heads of state and government of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries will meet in Warsaw, Poland, on July 8 and 9. Ahead of the summit, many analysts have pointed out that most countries in NATO aren't living up to their defense...
newratings.com  Jun 14  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Despite a last-minute dispute over amendments, a massive defense policy bill easily cleared the Senate with bipartisan support in a vote on Tuesday. The Senate voted 85 to 13 in favor of the National Defense Authorization...
CNNMoney.com  May 23  Comment 
Vietnam has increased its military spending dramatically in recent years amid a series of territorial disputes with China. Sponsored: Drivers Feel Stupid For Not Knowing This New Rule Do NOT pay your next car insurance bill until you try this.
Motley Fool  May 8  Comment 
SIPRI stats show the market near Red China is still red hot -- and identify a new up-and-coming market for defense companies.
newratings.com  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,...
MarketWatch  Feb 24  Comment 
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...




 

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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