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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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General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., is the lead shipyard on the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarine program. A Virginia-class submarine, seen here, is the Navy’s newest and most advanced nuclear attack submarine. (Courtesy of General Dynamics)

Public companies

2. General Dynamics

The contracting giant, which builds everything from tanks to planes, spent much of its year making acquisitions, from Open Kernel Labs, which provides mobile devices for public safety and military customers, to cybersecurity firm Fidelis Security Systems to Earl Industries’ ship repair and coatings division. The company also announced that Jay L. Johnson, its chairman and chief executive, would step down at the end of the year. Phebe N. Novakovic, president and chief operating officer, is set to succeed him.


A Virginia-class submarine, built by General Dynamics, includes 2,762 tons of structural steel and 31 miles of pipe.

Falls Church


Founded: 1952

Chairman and CEO: Jay L. Johnson

Revenue: $32677000000

Assets: $34883000000

Employees (local): 93500 (7820)

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