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A 154-foot, five-stage ATK booster rocket undergoes a two-minute test in Utah's west desert. (Courtesy of ATK)

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Defense contractor ATK, best known for producing ammunition and rockets, relocated its headquarters from Minneapolis to Arlington, where it already housed its Washington operations office. The company, more formally known as Alliant Techsystems, said the move, which meant taking over an additional floor in its Rosslyn office, would help ATK have a closer relationship with the government.


ATK was formed when Honeywell spun off its defense business. The company developed the first electronic autopilot for the B-17 bomber for use on missions during World War II.

1300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400

Arlington Va., 22209


Founded: 1990

President and CEO: Mark W. DeYoung

Revenue: $4842260

Assets: $4443840

Employees (local): 18000 (450)

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