General Dynamics is a market leader in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical information systems and technology.
The company was formed in 1952 through the combination of the Electric Boat Company, Consolidated Vultee (CONVAIR) and several others.
The company grew organically and through acquisitions until the early 1990s, when we sold many of our defense-related businesses. Starting in the mid-1990s, we began expanding by acquiring combat vehicle-related businesses, additional shipyards, information-technology product and service companies and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.
Since then we have acquired and integrated more than 60 businesses, including six in 2011. Our revenue has grown from $4 billion to approximately $32 billion in that time and our workforce has increased from 29,000 to approximately 95,000 employees today.
The company is organized into four business groups: Aerospace, Combat Systems, Information Systems and Technology and Marine Systems. Each business group is a leader in the markets it serves, as a result of the careful development of a portfolio of relevant, affordable products and services. Each group comprises several business units. To learn more about each business group and its business units, please click through the links below.Return to top
Balanced Business Model
The company executes its strategic plans in the framework of a balanced business model that gives the leaders of individual business units great operational flexibility. This enables our business units to stay close to their customers and to be responsive to changing customer needs and opportunities created by advances in technology.
Another result of this model is that General Dynamics' business units are responsible for supporting themselves with the administrative services they need to achieve their goals. Among these are human resources, supply-chain management, marketing and business development.
Our corporate leaders are responsible for setting the overall direction of the business and for the allocation of capital. The corporation's headquarters organization supports the business units and is structured to fulfill our legal, financial and regulatory responsibilities as efficiently as possible.Return to top
Our business units understand their customers' requirements. They meet those requirements by providing a carefully tailored portfolio of relevant, affordable market-leading products and services. Our business units also are empowered to make decisions that help them evolve as their customers' requirements change. These elements distinguish General Dynamics as a leader. That's what we mean when we say Strength On Your Side.Return to top