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General Dynamics Corporation

Self Description

March 2004: "General Dynamics has leading market positions in business aviation, mission-critical information systems and technologies, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land and amphibious combat 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. It is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, and employs approximately 67,000 people worldwide.

General Dynamics has four main business segments. Aerospace designs, manufactures and provides services for mid-size, large cabin and ultra-long range business aircraft. Combat Systems supplies land and amphibious combat machines and systems, including armored vehicles, power trains, turrets, munitions and gun systems. Information Systems and Technology's expertise lies in specialized data acquisition and processing, in advanced electronics, and in battlespace information networks and management systems. Marine Systems designs and builds submarines, surface combatants, auxiliary ships and large commercial vessels."

Third-Party Descriptions

January 2011: "The case arose from a 1988 contract between the Navy and two companies, General Dynamics and McDonnell Douglas, to develop a stealth aircraft called the A-12 Avenger."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Organization Oct 20, 2007
Organization Executive (past or present) Gordon R. England Person Sep 27, 2004

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jan 25, 2012 Build Up Your Phone’s Defenses Against Hackers

QUOTE: Technology experts expect breached, infiltrated or otherwise compromised cellphones to be the scourge of 2012. The smartphone security company Lookout Inc. estimates that more than a million phones worldwide have already been affected.

New York Times
Jan 18, 2011 In Knotty State Secrets Case, Justices Ponder Telling Litigants to ‘Go Away’

QUOTE: The contractors sued, asking to keep the money and seeking $1.2 billion more. They said their work had been frustrated by the government’s failure to share classified technology. The government disputed that, but would not explain why, invoking the state secrets privilege.

New York Times
May 25, 2010 Rep. James Moran's investments illustrate Congress's leeway in trading

QUOTE: Long-standing congressional ethics rules allow almost any kind of trading and investment, subject in general to the judgment of individual lawmakers. Those rules also allow spouses to have jobs in areas that touch on a lawmaker's activity or investments. Moreover, lawmakers are not required to abstain from voting or divest themselves of stock when most potential conflicts arise.

Washington Post
May 30, 2009 Cyberwar: Contractors Vie for Plum Work, Hacking for U.S.

QUOTE: The exotic nature of the work is enabling the companies to attract top young talent that once would have gone to Silicon Valley. And the race to develop weapons that defend against, or initiate, computer attacks has given rise to thousands of “hacker soldiers” within the Pentagon who can blend the new capabilities into the nation’s war planning.

New York Times
Sep 03, 2007 Mid-Tier Contractors Getting Left Out: As Federal Contracts Grow, Medium-Size Firms Can't Keep Up

QUOTE: Despite a six-year boom in government contracting, the next generation of mid-size players is seeing its share of federal dollars erode. Larger companies increasingly dominate the service industry, which helps the government run its computers, analyze intelligence, conduct scientific research and even mop the floors.

Washington Post
Jul 01, 2007 In Time of War, a Helping Hand: Group Aids Kids of Deployed National Guard and Reserve Parents

QUOTE: To meet the need of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, which have meant the deployment of more than 1 million Americans since 2001, nonprofit groups are sprouting from seeds of good intentions.

Washington Post
Jun 01, 2007 The corporate takeover of U.S. intelligence: The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms -- with zero public accountability.

QUOTE: The federal government relies more than ever on outsourcing for some of its most sensitive work, though it has kept details about its use of private contractors a closely guarded secret. Intelligence experts, and even the government itself, have warned of a critical lack of oversight for the booming intelligence business.

May 22, 2005 Contracting Rush For Security Led To Waste, Abuse

QUOTE: Billions of dollars were spent to protect Americans with improved passenger screening, bomb-detection machines at airports, radiation monitors at ports and computer networks to identify suspected terrorists at the borders.... But the government's internal audits have repeatedly questioned the cost and effectiveness of the equipment and security systems bought from corporations that received a torrent of money under loosened regulations, limited oversight and tight congressional deadlines.

Washington Post
Feb 19, 2004 Recruiting Uncle Sam

QUOTE: Before government officials can begin negotiating jobs in the private sector, they must recuse themselves from making decisions that could have a financial impact on their potential employers....But the defense companies are so huge and the rules so elastic that loopholes exist.

Washington Post
Nov 13, 2003 Supreme Court Debates Age Discrimination Issue

QUOTE: General Dynamics, the defense contractor, is defending itself against age discrimination charges in a lawsuit brought by its younger workers.

Los Angeles Times