With U.S. warplanes swarming over Afghanistan and Special Forces troops readying to take to its ground, financial planners have begun to get calls from investors inquiring about defense-related investing.

The interest started after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, when investors, sure the country was headed for war, began examining defense-related equities. Now, if investor interest increases and the conflict overseas escalates, analysts and financial planners speculate fund companies may begin offering defense-related sector funds. They base their theory on the idea that a long military struggle, coupled with a Republican leadership bent on growing military forces and developing new defensive technologies, could revive a troubled defense sector.

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