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The Post 200 is an annual snapshot of the companies, law firms, nonprofits and other organizations that power our local economy. Here's a look at this year's list.

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12. Exelis

Exelis, which is best known for its work on electronics and communications equipment for the military, this year opened new facilities, from an office in Toulouse, France for its visual information solutions subsidiary to a composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City. Closer to Washington, Exelis opened an office at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The company also bought the 37-employee Space Computer Corp., which produces real-time signal processing systems, software and algorithms.


Exelis operates and maintains the network that allows NASA to communicate with every one of its spacecraft, from the Mars Curiosity rover to the Voyager 1 space probe, which is now more than 11 billion miles from Earth.



Founded: 2011

President and CEO: David F. Melcher

Revenue: $5839000000

Assets: $5099000000

Employees (local): 21000 (1900)

NOTE: Our methodology for the rankings.
DATE: Dec. 17, 2012
CREDIT: Dan Beyers, Sarah Halzack, Greg Linch, Jason Bartz - The Washington Post.