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  1. November 16, 2015

    US defence stocks rise after Paris attack

    The terror attacks in France on Friday sparked sharp stock moves in at least two US sectors. Several large defence...

  2. November 6, 2015

    Boeing challenges award of $80bn contract by Department of Defence

    Boeing threw the future of the US long-range bomber programme into doubt on Friday when it announced an appeal against...

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  1. October 28, 2015

    Stealth bomber contract flies in the dark

    After Deborah Lee James, the US air force secretary, said on Tuesday that Northrop Grumman had won the $80bn contract...

  2. October 27, 2015

    Northrop Grumman wins $80bn US stealth bomber contract

    Northrop Grumman secured its future as an independent military contractor as it pulled off a surprise win over a...

  3. July 28, 2015

    Virgin Galactic rocket granted licence despite safety fears

    US regulators granted the operator of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo a licence even though they had spotted failings in...

  4. July 17, 2015

    Boeing landed with extra $536m charge for tanker aircraft

    Boeing’s most important project outside its core commercial aircraft operations suffered a significant blow on Friday...

  5. June 23, 2015

    Defence contractors: Upward trajectory

    Donald Rumsfeld, the former US defence secretary, was fond of talking about “known knowns”. Western defence spending is...

  6. June 15, 2015

    Airbus and Boeing notch up $30bn of deals at Paris air show

    Airbus and Boeing on Monday unveiled significant orders for their passenger jets at the Paris air show, but are not...

  7. June 12, 2015

    Defence groups in under-the-radar race to replace cold war relic

    It is one of the great ironies of recent US landmark military campaigns — in Iraq in 1991, Serbia in 1999 and...

  8. MBA blog

    February 15, 2015

    Juggling chainsaws

    “The next two weeks will be the busiest weeks of your lives” – this was the warning given to cohort #20 by Thunderbird...

  9. January 12, 2015

    When a moral machine is better than a flawed human being

    It will be an interesting year for the X-47B. The new unmanned aircraft, developed by Northrop Grumman, will be put...

  10. November 1, 2014

    Branson’s familiar path offers limited clues into the future

    Although its activities might be eye-catchingly different from the group’s other enterprises, Virgin Galactic has...

  11. October 23, 2013

    Northrop flies higher after downplaying hit from US cuts

    The S&P 500 stepped back from record highs during Wednesday trading, but shares in government contractor Northrop...

  12. October 23, 2013

    Northrop defies US defence cuts as drone sales fall

    Northrop Grumman boosted profit margins far more than expected amid US defence cuts as it announced an 8 per cent rise...

  13. October 9, 2013

    US drone lobby’s power points to revived military-industrial complex

    Last year the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general wrote a scathing indictment of the department’s use...

  14. October 4, 2013

    Lockheed shares hit by shutdown

    Investors’ caution on US companies that depend on revenue from the government sent the S&P 500 lower for the week, as...

  15. October 1, 2013

    US defence stocks shake off shutdown

    US defence and aerospace contractors moved mostly higher to recover some recent losses as investors greeted the first...

  16. September 16, 2013

    Defence contractors face changes to long-term government ties

    At a dinner in the autumn of 1993 now known as “the last supper”, the US deputy secretary of defence told industry...

  17. August 29, 2013

    Australia’s Qantas returns to net profit

    Qantas’ global partnership with Emirates has helped it execute a swing to a net profit of A$6m from a loss of $244m...

  18. July 26, 2013

    Only investment can bring long-term profits cheer

    Corporate earnings announcements this week confirmed the good news – economies in the west are indeed picking up. On...

  19. July 24, 2013

    Industrials upgrades mark strength of US economic recovery

    Some of the US’s biggest industrial companies have provided further evidence of how a domestic economic recovery and...

  20. July 24, 2013

    Biggest military contractors lift forecasts

    Northrop Grumman confirmed the robust health of the US’s biggest military contractors with better-than-expected net...

  21. July 23, 2013

    Defence contractors hopeful that big US programmes are safe

    Contractors involved in some of the US military’s most sensitive and high-profile procurement projects are growing...

  22. July 23, 2013

    Long-term work shields Newport News shipyard from US defence cuts

    It is hard, when visiting the Newport News shipyard, in the Virginia town of the same name, to square the scene with...

  23. June 16, 2013

    Drones: Delay over ground rules hampers civilian progress

    One of the UK army’s earliest modern drones was so notorious for not returning from its missions in Kosovo in the early...

  24. June 16, 2013

    Aerospace trio campaigns for European drone programme

    Three of Europe’s biggest defence contractors have called on governments to launch a European drone programme to...

  25. June 5, 2013

    German minister defends ditching of drone deal

    Germany cancelled its €660m contract last month to develop reconnaissance drones based on US technology because of a...

  26. May 29, 2013

    EADS raises guidance for new orders

    EADS, parent of Airbus, raised its guidance for new orders this year by more than 100 passenger jets amid strong demand...

  27. May 27, 2013

    Northrop and EADS in rescue call for Euro Hawk

    The companies behind the Euro Hawk reconnaissance drones said they hoped the German government would reconsider its...

  28. April 26, 2013

    Wall St finishes week on down note

    Mixed economic data and company earnings failed to deter investors from pushing share prices higher this week, sending...

  29. April 24, 2013

    Northrop Grumman maintains outlook amid US budget constraints

    Northrop Grumman is standing by its projections for 2013 earnings and sales despite delays in contract negotiations and...

  30. April 15, 2013

    Austerity hits global military spending

    World military spending last year fell for the first time in 14 years, with the US share of the global total slipping...

  31. March 27, 2013

    EADS: ready for take-off

    If Tom Enders ever decides to quit EADS, could somebody offer him a job in Brussels? Anyone who can persuade France and...

  32. March 4, 2013

    US equities rebound in late session

    Defence company shares were hit as the Pentagon was expected to face the heaviest of the budget cuts due to...

  33. March 1, 2013

    US sequestration: drama, comedy, horror

    Think of recent US fiscal policy as a film franchise – part drama, part comedy, part horror. The opening instalment was...

  34. February 5, 2013

    American to join EADS board for US market

    EADS is planning to bring an American on to its board for the first time, as the European aerospace and defence company...

  35. January 30, 2013

    Northrop results lifted by drone demand

    Northrop Grumman became the latest military contractor to report stronger-than-expected results on Wednesday when...

  36. January 3, 2013

    The women piloting an industry

    For a few days now, three of the US’s six biggest defence companies have had women at the helm. Both Marillyn Hewson at...

  37. December 22, 2012

    Defence cuts likely to hurt service providers

    The effect of defence spending reductions under the fiscal cliff package of cuts would fall more quickly on providers...

  38. October 25, 2012

    Raytheon raises guidance amid uncertainty

    Raytheon, the manufacturer of missiles and other military systems, became the third big US defence contractor in two...

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