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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Where is General Dynamics located?

A.  Our corporate headquarters is in Reston, Virginia.  We have many locations throughout the United States and the world. In the U.S., we have a significant presence in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. We are in more than 70 other countries around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


Q.  How many people work for General Dynamics?

A.  As of January 2019, General Dynamics had more than 107,000 full-time employees.  About 90,000 of these are based in the United States, and 17,000 are based in 70 countries outside the United States.  General Dynamics employs people in all 50 U.S. states.


Q.  What are the businesses that make up General Dynamics?

A.  General Dynamics has ten business units:  Gulfstream Aerospace, Jet Aviation, General Dynamics Land Systems, General Dynamics European Land Systems, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, General Dynamics Electric Boat, General Dynamics NASSCO, General Dynamics Information Technology and General Dynamics Mission Systems.  Learn more about our businesses here.


Q.  What are the major products that General Dynamics makes?

A.  General Dynamics manufactures hundreds of products, to include Gulfstream business jets, Abrams tanks, Stryker fighting vehicles, ASCOD fighting vehicles such as the Spanish PIZARRO and British AJAX, LAV-25 Light Armored Vehicles, Flyer-60 lightweight tactical vehicles, Virginia-class attack submarines, Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines, Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, Expeditionary Sea Base ships, fleet logistics ships, commercial cargo ships, aircraft and naval gun systems, Hydra-70 rockets, military radios, command and control systems, radio and optical telescopes, secure mobile phones, PIRANHA and PANDUR wheeled armored vehicles and mobile bridge systems.  Visit the sites of our businesses to learn more about our products and services.


Q.  When was General Dynamics founded?

A.  General Dynamics was incorporated in 1952, but traces its legacy back to 1899 with the founding of the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut.  Learn more about our history here.


Q.  How do I invest in General Dynamics?

A.  General Dynamics is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: GD).  For more information about investing in General Dynamics, visit the Investor Relations section of our website.


Q.  How can I work for General Dynamics?

A.  We offer exciting career opportunities worldwide.  There are many ways you can find and apply for jobs that interest you at General Dynamics.  You can also visit our businesses' websites to learn more about each of their offerings, or visit our careers page to search for jobs across General Dynamics.


Q.  How can I do business with General Dynamics?

A.  We are always seeking to develop strong alliances with small and large businesses to help us supply high-quality products and services to our customers.  You can learn more about how to become a GD supplier here.


Q.  I am a member of the news media.  How do I contact General Dynamics?

A.  Media contacts for GD’s corporate headquarters and each of its business units can be found here.


Q.  Is General Dynamics involved in building weapons I might find objectionable, selling to countries I might find objectionable, or employing weapons in ways I might find objectionable?

A.  As an aerospace and defense contractor, our primary customer is the U.S. government.  We follow U.S. law and policy.  We believe decisions about what types of weapons to buy, where to sell them and how to use them are inherently governmental responsibilities. 


Q.  I read on the internet that General Dynamics operates child detention centers or is involved with family separation at the border.  Is this true? 

A.  No.  General Dynamics Information Technology has had contracts with the Department of Health and Human Services since 2000 to provide services such as training and technical assistance to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which cares for unaccompanied children and facilitates family reunions.  General Dynamics has no role in constructing or operating detention centers.


Q.  Was General Dynamics involved in the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission 50 years ago?

A.  Yes.  General Dynamics Mission Systems in Scottsdale, Arizona, (then Motorola Military Electronics Division) developed and produced the communications equipment for Apollo 11 to communicate with ground stations.  This included the FM voice and television links that were used to broadcast the July 20, 1969, images of Neil Armstrong as he walked on the moon and said, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  GD Mission Systems continues to provide NASA and the U.S. military with space communications and electronics, satellite payloads and ground systems, radio and optical telescopes, and space operations and engineering services.  Learn more about what we do in space here.


Q.  Does General Dynamics make political campaign contributions? Is GD supporting a particular presidential candidate?

A.  General Dynamics offers eligible employees the opportunity to make voluntary political contributions through a company-sponsored Political Action Committee (PAC). Our PAC is operated on a nonpartisan basis and ensures the company’s interests as a large employer and leading member of the defense and aerospace industry are well represented. Employee participation is strictly voluntary and all contributions are reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which makes detailed information about PAC donations on its website. As a matter of policy our PAC does not make contributions to presidential campaigns.