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General Dynamics

General Dynamics
Company nameGeneral Dynamics Corporation
Company typePublic
Nyse - GD
Slogan"Strength On Your Side"
FoundedFebruary 21, 1952
Founder(s)John Philip Holland
HeadquartersWest Falls Church, VA, USA
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleNicholas D. Chabraja
Chairman of the Board
Jay L. Johnson
Vice Chairman CEO
Revenue(+) $ 31.981 billion - 2009
Backlog: $ 65.5 billion
Operating income(+) $ 3.675 billion - 2009
Net income(+) $ 2.394 billion - 2009
Total assets(+) $ 31.077 billion - 2009
Total equity(+) $ 12.423 billion - 2009
Employees91,200 - April 2010

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General Dynamics Corporation (Nyse - GD) is a U.S. defense conglomerate formed by mergers and divestitures, and as of 2008 it is the fifth largest defense contractor in the world. Its headquarters are in West Falls Church (previously Jefferson), unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, in the Falls Church area.

The company has changed markedly in the post-Cold War era of defense consolidation. The company has four main business segments: Marine Systems, Combat Systems, Information Systems and Technology, and Aerospace. The company's former Fort Worth Division manufactured the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the most-produced Western jet fighter, but that subsidiary was sold to Lockheed in 1993. GD reentered the airframe business in 1999 with their purchase of Gulfstream Aerospace.

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