Katie Spence

Katie Spence

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Katie Spence has been a financial journalist for The Fool since 2011. She specializes in defense companies, “green" technology, autos, and robots. Follow me on Twitter for breaking news in the defense, auto, and robot industry.

Recent articles

The 3 Most Important Defense Contracts for Northrop Grumman

The Long Range Strike Bomber is a massive contract, but it's not the only thing you should watch when it comes to this government contractor.


The 3 Most Important Defense Contracts for Lockheed Martin

The F-35 fighter jet is a massive contract, but it's not the only defense contract investors should monitor.


The Truth About Defense Contracts: Does Size Matter?

The F-35 fighter jet and the KC-46A Tanker contracts might be worth billions, but smaller defense contracts are just as important to companies' bottom lines.


Watch Out, SpaceX: ULA Is Building a Reusable Rocket, Too

Are Elon Musk, and SpaceX, changing space travel forever?


What You Need to Know About Northrop Grumman's $80 Billion Long-Range Strike Bomber Win

Northrop Grumman just beat Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the Air Force's LRS-B contract. But, there's more to this contract win than meets the eye.

Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk Just Scored $3.2 Billion: Will Lockheed Martin's U-2 Get the Ax?

Here's why the Air Force's latest contract might be a step toward retiring the U-2 Dragon Lady in 2019.


The Real Reason the Air Force Wants to Retire the A-10

The A-10 is a beloved fighter, but the Air Force can't afford to keep it and keep up with the United States' adversaries at the same time.


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Will Toyota Motor's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Gamble Pay Off?

Here’s what you need to know before Toyota launches its all-new FCV, the Mirai, in October 2015.


1 Stock Wall Street Is Wrong About

United Technologies' stock has taken a beating lately. Is now the time to buy?


1 Stock I'm Watching but Won't Buy Yet

With contracts like Lockheed Martin's F-35 and Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, Hexcel's future looks promising.

One Stock That’s Nothing but a Dividend Yield Trap

L-3 Communications’ dividend yield seems attractive, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good investment.


Are $1.5 Billion in Lockheed Martin's Patriot Missiles Headed to the Middle East?

Why Lockheed Martin’s latest foreign military sale is great news for defense investors.


3 Top Dividend Stocks for Beginning Investors

The stock market can be intimidating, but not if you know what to look for.


Lockheed Martin's Littoral Combat Ship Is Finally Making Headway -- but Is It Too Late?

The US Navy needs new ships, and this time it’s decided it wants a frigate.


Congress, Defense, and What You Need to Know Before 2016

How the federal budget and the latest defense bill could impact Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman.

The Ugly Truth About Defense Stocks

Does your view of the world impact your investment in defense companies like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman?


The Biggest Threat to America’s Security Isn’t What You Think

Why ISIS, Russia, and North Korea play second fiddle to this insidious threat.


The Most Popular Business Jets -- This Is How the Elite Like to Fly

Cessna, Gulfstream, and Bombardier battle it out for jet domination.


Are Airplanes Really Safe? One Hacker Says Maybe Not.

Can hackers use a plane’s Wi-Fi to access critical systems?


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U.S. Submarines Are Dying -- Will These 2 Companies Build Our New Nuclear Attack Subs?

Will the United States government heed the Navy’s warning and increase procurement of Virginia-class submarines?