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General Dynamics

Headquarters: 2941 Fairview Park Drive
Suite 100
Falls Church, VA 22042
Employees: 96,000
CEO: Phebe Novakovic
Stock Symbol: GD


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General Dynamics is a major defense contractor. It develops business aviation and aircraft services, land and amphibious combat systems, mission-critical information systems and technologies, and shipbuilding and marine systems. The company is a leading supplier of sophisticated defense systems to the United States and its allies, and sets the world standard in business jets.

The company has four main business segments: Aerospace, Combat Systems, Information Systems and Technology, and Marine Systems.

The Aerospace Group is the world's leading designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of mid-size and intercontinental business jet aircraft, and a major provider of maintenance and refurbishment services for a wide variety of business jets. The Aerospace group is comprised of Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation Services.

General Dynamics Combat Systems is a supplier of land and amphibious combat system development, production and support. Its product line includes a full spectrum of armored vehicles, light wheeled reconnaissance vehicles, suspensions, engines, transmissions, guns and ammunition handling systems, turret and turret drive systems, and reactive armor and ordnance.

Marine Systems is the U.S. Navy's leading supplier of combat vessels ­ including nuclear submarines, surface combatants, and auxiliary ships. It also manages ready-reserve and prepositioning ships and builds large-hulled vessels for select commercial customers. 

In 2013, the company reported revenues of $31.21 billion, down from $31.5 billion, and net earnings of $2.35 billion.

The company’s total backlog was $46.0 billion at the end of 2013.


General Dynamics was officially established February 21, 1952, although it has organizational roots dating back to the late 1800s. The company was formed after its predecessor and current operating division, Electric Boat, acquired the aircraft company Canadair Ltd. and began building the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus.

The company added its first Combat Systems business unit, Land Systems, in 1982; its first Information Systems and Technology business unit, Advanced Technology Systems, in 1997; and returned to the aerospace business with Gulfstream in 1999.


Employee benefits may vary with division.

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Savings and Stock Investment Plan (SSIP)
  • Life, long-term disability and other insurance products
  • Reimbursement accounts for child care and out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Group legal services

Updated October 27, 2014

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