Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Lockheed's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Lockheed facts

Headquarters (Founded) Bethesda, Md. (1909)
Market Cap $27.2 billion
Industry Aerospace and defense
Revenue $45.8 billion

CEO Robert Stevens (since 2004)

CFO Bruce Tanner (since 2007)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 29.7%
Cash/Debt $2.78 billion / $5.02 billion
Dividend Yield 3.8%

Boeing (NYSE: BA)

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD)

United Technologies (NYSE: UTX)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,818 members who have rated Lockheed believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star miclane05, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and KnockoutMouse.

Earlier this year, miclane05 summed up the Lockheed bull case for our community: "Growing dividend and below avg p/e. Stable and out of favor -- just the way I like 'em."

In fact, Lockheed currently sports a P/E of 9.7. That represents a discount to rivals Boeing (16.2), General Dynamics (10.4), and United Tech (17.2).

CAPS member KnockoutMouse expands on the outperform argument:

Food, energy and water are becoming scarcer, destabilizing governments around the globe. New powers like China are rising to challenge the old powers. I hate to say it, but the potential for conflict will only increase in the future.

Lockheed Martin is the world leader in the air power realm producing the next generation of fighter/attack aircraft: the F-35 and F-22. It also produces venerable stalwarts such as the F-16 and C-130.

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