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A visitor takes a picture of a LAV Piranha II by General Dynamics Land Systems at Eurosatory 2010 in Villepinte near Paris. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Public companies and financial services

General Dynamics

The defense contractor builds aircraft, ships and combat vehicles, among other kinds of weapons systems, and provides a wide range of information technology services. The company particularly built up its health information technology focus in 2011, acquiring Arlington-based Vangent, which specializes in health care services, for nearly $1 billion. General Dynamics also picked up Metro Machine, Fortress Technologies and Network Connectivity Solutions.

Trivia

In 2005, General Dynamic's Gulfstream unit became the first business-jet manufacturer to offer an in-flight, ultra-high-speed Internet connection.

2941 Fairview Park Dr., Suite 100

Falls Church Va., 22042

703-876-3199

http://www.generaldynamics.com/

Founded: 1952

Chairman and CEO: Jay L. Johnson

Revenue: $32,466,000

Assets: $32,545,000

Employees (local): 93,800 (8,740)

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