A defense contractor (or defence contractor, also sometimes called a military contractor) is a business organization or individual that provides products or services to a defense department of a government. Products typically include military aircraft, ships, vehicles, weaponry, and electronic systems. Services can include logistics, technical support and training and communications support.
Defense contractors do not generally provide direct support of military operations. Under 1949 Geneva Conventions defense contractors engaged in direct support of military operations may be legitimate targets of military attack. Compare to Private military contractor.
|Top 10 World-Wide Defense Contractors, 2007|
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- List of United States defense contractors
- Arms industry
- Military-industrial complex
- Private military contractor
- Government contractor