NPR  Dec 23  Comment 
As President-elect Donald Trump tweets about expanding nuclear security and the cost of combat aircraft, some wonder whether his hardball posts are just "Art of the Deal" tactics to help the Pentagon.
DailyFinance  Dec 23  Comment 
Filed under: News, White House HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an annual defense policy bill, but in a lengthy statement he raised objections to parts of it, including policies blocking him from...  Dec 12  Comment 
China is set to nearly double its military spending this decade as an arms race heats up in Asia.  Dec 8  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - With lawmakers looking to finish up their work for the year, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a $618.7 billion defense policy bill. The Senate voted 92 to 7 in favor of the annual National Defense...
Wall Street Journal  Dec 7  Comment 
The Pentagon spends hundreds of billions of dollars every year with thousands of companies, but five companies get 25% of Defense Department funds.
Benzinga  Nov 15  Comment 
Prior to last week's presidential election, there were a small number of industries positioned to benefit regardless of the outcome. On that front, aerospace and defense and infrastructure-related investments grabbed plenty of pre-election...
Forbes  Nov 9  Comment 
With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, buckle your belts for a steep climb of defense spending. Here's what some of the shopping list is likely to be, and what it will total up to.
Wall Street Journal  Nov 9  Comment 
If Europe and Asia can count less on U.S. military support under a Trump presidency, governments will have to increase their own defense spending.
Forbes  Oct 27  Comment 
For anyone who thinks the nightmare scenarios on defense spending would dissipate if Donald Trump goes down to defeat on Election Day, here's a scary reality: Hillary Clinton is a hawk, and her Department of Defense, although not likely to pour...


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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