The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin sheds some lights on where one of the nation's largest manufacturers, Boeing (NYSE: BA), gets its money. The aircraft manufacturer has a backlog measured in the hundreds of billions. For all the money in this space it is a very intimate group of companies that participates in it. The industry is defined by backlogs, contracts, and joint ventures which funnel all of the money down to just a few pockets. Boeing is a company investors should take a look at today because it is a unique hybrid serving both military and civilian consumers.

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