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Silver Lining, Silver Bullets: Afghanistan business sent Q2 profits of ammunitions manufacturer

Alliant Techsystems

(ATK)

up 18%.

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Black marks, Better Numbers: While logistics competitor Blackwater was reaching into its pockets for Iraqi officials,

DynCorp

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lined its own pockets with a 60% jump in Q2 profits.

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Striking Gold in the Desert:

General Dynamics

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recently won a big contract for its Stryker combat vehicle used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Taking to the air again? Shares of aircraft manufacturer

Textron

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have been trading near a 52-week high, even after several ugly quarters.

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A

Boeing

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executive at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2009 Defense Outlook Forum last week said there has never been so much opportunity in the sector for products like its Chinook helicopter

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Privately held

General Atomics

, maker of the Predator drone, has often been prey to takeover efforts due to its success in war zones like Afghanistan.

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