General Dynamics is an American aerospace and defense company that designs and manufactures products for the government and commercial sectors. It was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. The company is organized into four main business groups: Aerospace, Combat Systems, Information Technology, and Marine Systems.
The Aerospace division designs and manufactures a range of products for commercial and military customers, including aircraft structures, composite assemblies, and jet engine components. The Combat Systems division produces ground combat and tactical vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions. The Information Technology division provides IT solutions, products, and services to government and commercial customers. The Marine Systems division designs and builds nuclear-powered submarines, surface combatants, and auxiliary ships.
General Dynamics went public in 1957 and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol GD. The company has grown significantly through acquisitions over the years, with notable purchases including Gulfstream Aerospace in 1999 and CSRA Inc. in 2018. General Dynamics has also won a number of large contracts, including a $22 billion contract in 2017 to build the U.S. Navy's next generation of nuclear submarines.
In addition to its business activities, General Dynamics is also involved in philanthropic efforts through its General Dynamics Mission Systems and General Dynamics Electric Boat divisions. These divisions provide support to various nonprofit organizations focused on improving education, health and human services, and national security.