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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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The B-2A Spirit of Texas delivery flight. (Courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

Public companies

3. Northrop Grumman

The defense contractor focused on continuing to move away from work it deems not profitable enough. It bought M5 Network Security, an Australian cybersecurity firm, and promoted several key leaders. As part of the leadership changes, Linda Mills will move from heading Northrop’s information systems business to corporate vice president of operations. Thomas E. Vice will take over the company’s aerospace systems sector, while Gloria A. Flach was picked to head electronic systems.


In 1944, Norma Jeane Mortenson, later known as Marilyn Monroe, worked at Radioplane, which later became a division of Northrop. Her assignments included spraying glue on aircraft fabric and inspecting and folding parachutes.

Falls Church


Founded: 1939

Chairman, president and CEO: Wes Bush

Revenue: $26412000000

Assets: $25411000000

Employees (local): 69300 (14451)

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