Investing is all about capitalizing on opportunity, and President Donald Trump is making defense stocks great again in 2017. A Republican administration coupled with a GOP-controlled congress is certain to pump money into defense spending, and President Trump's recent trip to Saudi Arabia raised prospects of huge arms deals that could create thousands of jobs and infuse the U.S. economy with cash. With this in mind, now is a great time to review the top five defense stocks of 2017.

Investing is all about capitalizing on opportunity, and President Donald Trump is making defense stocks great again in 2017…

A Republican administration coupled with a GOP-controlled congress is certain to pump money into defense spending, and President Trump's recent trip to Saudi Arabia raised prospects of huge arms deals that could create thousands of jobs and infuse the U.S. economy with cash. With this in mind, now is a great time to review the top five defense stocks of 2017.

Lockheed Martin is first on our list. Officially founded in 1995, this massive defense contractor builds the F-35 stealth jet and numerous other airplanes and weapons used by United States military branches. The stock value of Lockheed Martin has been steadily on the rise since the turn of the calendar year.

Next is L3 Communications, which builds military communications equipment for U.S. military branches. After a plunge in value last fall, L3 recovered but started 2017 in slight decline. Since February, though, the company's stock value has climbed, and now it's holding relatively steady at a rate much higher than its value last year.

Raytheon is a defense contractor that builds weapons and commercial electronics; it's also the globe's top producer of guided missiles. Raytheon's stock value has climbed with near consistency since mid-December.

Our list is rounded out by defense contractor Northrop Grumman, which has been climbing in value since February, and General Dynamics, which has been climbing since last November.

Should you invest in defense stocks? It's an important decision that shouldn't be made lightly. There is always risk when investing in the market, even after months of continued growth. However, these companies each offer great investment opportunities in this climate of defense spending.