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  • Tomahawks may fly, but Raytheon shares not soaring Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 2:09 PM ET
    A Tomahawk missile

    One of the few things defense experts agree on about Syria is that any military strike will involve Tomahawk cruise missiles made by Raytheon.

  • Obama weighs up options after Syria gas attack Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 | 11:00 PM ET

    U.S. military and national security advisers huddled with President Barack Obama at the White House on Saturday to consider options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government this week.

  • Egyptian bloodshed leaves Lockheed F-16s in limbo Monday, 19 Aug 2013 | 10:46 AM ET
    File photo of an F-16 Fighting Falcon.

    Bloodshed on the streets of Egypt is delaying completion of a lucrative deal to sell Lockheed Martin F-16s to the troubled U.S. ally.

  • Defense stocks on a roll   Monday, 12 Aug 2013 | 8:22 AM ET
    Defense stocks on a roll

    Despite sequestration concerns, the defense industry has developed strategies which are attracting some investors. Carter Copeland, Barclays analyst, has the plays.

  • Defense contractor stocks overextended: Technician Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 6:28 PM ET
    Defense names overextended: Technician

    The upward momentum in defense contractor stocks, and two names in particular, may have run out, Carter Braxton Worth of Oppenheimer says.

  • Sequester impact showing   Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 1:07 PM ET
    Sequester impact showing

    CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports on signs showing the sequester is having an impact on private sector defense jobs. Sources saw a slowdown in defense job growth beginning in the Spring.

  • Lockheed Martin reports 10% profit jump   Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 1:28 PM ET
    Lockheed Martin reports 10% profit jump

    Lockheed Martin shares hit a new 52-week high, reports CNBC's Jane Wells. The sequester is not impacting the defense contractor's cash cow.

  • Leaks Pose a Big Financial Risk for Booz Allen Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | 5:58 PM ET
    Former National Intelligence Director John McConnell, testifying before the Senate in 2007, is vice chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton.

    When Edward Snowden leaked details of a huge government surveillance programs, it presented not just a security debate for the U.S., but a public relations problem for Booz Allen.

  • Snowden Steps Out   Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | 2:10 PM ET
    Snowden Steps Out

    The Department of Justice says an investigation into the NSA leaks is underway, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers. CNBC's Herb Greenberg, provides perspective on Booz Allen Hamilton's competitors.

  • The Beltway Spy Biz   Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | 1:14 PM ET
    The Beltway Spy Biz

    Booz Allen Hamilton is deeply intertwined with the intelligence community, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers. A look at just how much the intelligence community outsources to private companies.

  • US Defense Companies Go On Overseas Offensive Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 1:59 PM ET
    A United States Army missile defense system.

    As American defense companies prepare to feel the ill effects of the sequester on their bottom lines, the companies are increasingly looking to court new customers abroad.

  • So Where's the Pain From Sequester Cuts? Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 5:09 PM ET

    Warnings of massive job layoffs and another recession were all the talk when sequestration began in March. But so far the impact of government cutbacks seems a lot less than was predicted.

  • Playing Defense on the Dow   Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 10:45 AM ET
    Playing Defense on the Dow

    Of the Dow 30 companies, only Boeing and United Technologies are strongly in defense, but they're hardly pure plays, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Play Defense: Stock Picks and Pans   Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 7:36 AM ET
    Play Defense: Stock Picks and Pans

    Cai Von Rumohr, Cowen and Company analyst, talks about what investors should consider before buying stock in the defense sector.

  • Santelli: Should GOP Agree With Ike?   Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | 11:16 AM ET
    Santelli: Should GOP Agree With Ike?

    CNBC's Rick Santelli talks with Bill Frezza, Huffington Post columnist, about why Republicans should back a plan to cut defense spending.

  • The Lockheed Martin Corp. facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Defense shares have continued to be positive going into earnings season (Boeing aside due to 787 problems), even though most analysts believe earnings will be lower than a year ago.

  • All Dreamliners Grounded   Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 4:40 PM ET
    All Dreamliners Grounded

    The FAA has grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliners, but the stock is making a comeback today after yesterday's drop, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Dreamliner Grounded: What's Next?   Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 2:00 PM ET
    Dreamliner Grounded: What's Next?

    Boeing is not planning to change its 787 production schedule despite recent problems, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau. Ken Herbert, aerospace analyst at Imperial Capital, weighs in.

  • Boeing Defends 787   Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 2:10 PM ET
    Boeing Defends 787

    Boeing defends use of lithium ion batteries on Dreamliner jets, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau. Mary Schiavo, aviation attorney, weighs in.

  • Defense: Who's Affected by These Cuts?   Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 1:31 PM ET
    Defense: Who's Affected by These Cuts?

    CNBC's Jane Wells explains what areas of defense remain vulnerable.