The consensus among sell-side analysts is that the U.S. defense budget has entered a new up-cycle. Most analysts are projecting mid-single-digit annual growth in 2017-20 in the sum of Pentagon procurement and research, development, test and evaluation budget authority, although there are a couple of analysts who anticipate higher growth rates—in the high single digits or low double digits. With all the focus on a new defense spending cycle, there is likely to be very little discussion ...

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