IISS' Hackett on 2019 Military Balance, Global Trends

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration proposed a new White House budget that would effectively increase defense spending by 5 percent. Furthermore, the budget would preclude the Defense Department from any funding caps that are set to take place during fiscal year 2020–all positive news for the Direxion Daily Aerospace & Defense Bull 3X Shares (NYSEARCA: DFEN).

The budget calls for an outlay of $750 billion to overall defense spending–$718 billion of which will go to the Defense Department alone. Of course, the budget must go through the approval process and Congress is widely expected to reject the proposal, but if the defense spending initiatives remain untouched, it’s certainly a boon to the sector.

“The budget builds on steady gains that have restored military readiness, enhanced lethality, increased force size, and driven the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria out of territory it once held,” the administration wrote in its budget release. “On this foundation of strength, the budget reflects the full integration of the National Defense Strategy across DOD, and supports dominance across all domains.”

“The large-cap aerospace and defense names we cover have been consistent dividend-payers over the past decade, and we think this past history will continue over the next several years as the commercial aerospace cycle goes on strong and U.S. defense budgets increase,” said Christopher Higgins, Senior Equity Analyst, Morningstar Research Services.

In the video below, James Hackett, the editor of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual 2019 Military Balance, discusses global defense trends with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the London-based think tank’s office in Washington.

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