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SPDR S&P Aerospace & Defense ETF (XAR)

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  • Feb. 22, 2013, 3:57 AM
    Frank Kendall, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, has authorized the Pentagon's purchasers and program managers to start talking to suppliers about the plans for implementing $46B of automatic cost reductions, which are due to take effect next Friday. The impact of the cuts will be exacerbated by the DOD not receiving an appropriation for this year, with much of its money in the wrong accounts.
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  • Jul. 10, 2012, 1:06 PM
    Dire predictions that defense firms will be legally required to send dismissal warnings to tens of thousands of employees if Congress doesn't stop the looming automatic cuts is just a lobbying tactic, says employment lawyer Margaret Keane. "Are we really talking about complying with the WARN Act, or are we talking about political pressure being applied?" Keane asks.
  • Jun. 19, 2012, 7:57 AM
    You don't wait for the hurricane to arrive before boarding up the windows, says BofA's Mike Hanson, already seeing evidence of corporate spending caution ahead of the so-called 2013 fiscal cliff. Defense contractors are most fearful as that part of the budget would be an easy target for massive cuts.
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  • Jun. 14, 2012, 1:08 PM
    Consolidation in the global defense industry is "inevitable," says Gordon Lane of British trade group ADS while at a major arms show in Paris, especially because of steep cuts among Nato countries. However, analysts believe massive mergers are unlikely; rather the majors could buy the second-tier firms.
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  • Jan. 5, 2012, 11:49 AM
    President Obama unveils his administration's defense strategy (.pdf), which will lead to more than $450B in cuts over the next 10 years. In addition to mentioning Iran and terrorism, the review highlights the intention to counter any threats from China given that it has the potential to affect the U.S.'s economy and security.
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