General Dynamics Corporation (GD) is an American aerospace and defense corporation. As of 2019, it was the fifth-largest defense contractor in the United States, and the sixth-largest in the world, by sales. The company ranked No. 92 in the 2019 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue. It is headquartered in Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia.
|Founded||February 7, 1899|
|Founder||John Philip Holland|
(Chairman and CEO)
|Revenue||US$36.19 billion (2018)|
|US$4.45 billion (2018)|
|US$3.34 billion (2018)|
|Total assets||US$45.40 billion (2018)|
|Total equity||US$11.73 billion (2018)|
Number of employees
Formed in 1954 with the merger of submarine manufacturer Electric Boat and aircraft manufacturer Canadair, it evolved through multiple mergers and divestitures and changed markedly in the post–Cold War era of defense consolidation. General Dynamics' former Fort Worth Division, which manufactured the F-16 Fighting Falcon, was sold to the Lockheed Corporation in 1993, but GD re-entered the airframe business in 1999 with its purchase of business jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace.
General Dynamics traces its ancestry to John Philip Holland's Holland Torpedo Boat Company. Holland Torpedo was responsible for developing the U.S. Navy's first modern submarines which were purchased by the Navy in 1900.
In 1906 Electric Boat subcontracted submarine construction to the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, to build the submarines they had designed and won contracts for. In 1917, the name of the company was officially changed to Submarine Boat Corporation. In 1933 Electric Boat acquired ownership of a shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, to build submarines. The first submarine built in Groton to be delivered to the U.S. Navy was the USS Cuttlefish in 1934.
Electric Boat was cash-flush but lacking in work following World War II, during which it produced 80 submarines for the Navy, with its workforce shrinking from 13,000 to 4,000 by 1946. President and chief executive officer John Jay Hopkins started looking for companies that would fit into Electric Boat's market in hopes of diversifying.
Canadair was owned by the Canadian government and was suffering from the same post-war malaise as Electric Boat. It was up for sale, and Hopkins bought the company for $10 million in 1946. The factory alone was worth more than $22 million, according to the Canadian government's calculations, excluding the value of the remaining contracts for planes or spare parts. However, Canadair's production line and inventory systems were in disorder when Electric Boat purchased the company. Hopkins hired Canadian-born mass-production specialist H. Oliver West to take over the president's role and return Canadair to profitability. Shortly after the takeover, Canadair began delivering its new Canadair North Star (a version of the Douglas DC-4) and was able to deliver aircraft to Trans-Canada Airlines, Canadian Pacific Airlines, and British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) well in advance of their contracted delivery times.
Defense spending increased with the onset of the Cold War, and Canadair went on to win many Canadian military contracts for the Royal Canadian Air Force and became a major aerospace company. These included Canadair CT-133 Silver Star trainer, the Canadair Argus long-range maritime reconnaissance and transport aircraft, and the Canadair F-86 Sabre. Between 1950 and 1958, 1,815 Sabres were built. Canadair also produced 200 CF-104 Starfighter supersonic fighter aircraft, a license-built version of the Lockheed F-104.
General Dynamics emergesEdit
Aircraft production became increasingly important at Canadair, and Hopkins argued that the name "Electric Boat" was no longer appropriate—so Electric Boat was reorganized as General Dynamics on 24 April 1952.
General Dynamics purchased Convair from the Atlas Group in March 1953. The sale was approved by government oversight with the provision that GD would continue to operate out of Air Force Plant 4 in Fort Worth, Texas. This factory had been set up in order to spread out strategic aircraft production and rented to Convair during the war to produce B-24 Liberator bombers.
General Dynamics purchased Liquid Carbonic Corporation in September 1957 and controlled it as a wholly owned subsidiary until being forced by a Federal antitrust ruling to spin it off to shareholders in January 1969. Liquid Carbonic was then bought that same month by the Houston Natural Gas Company.
Convair worked as an independent division under the General Dynamics umbrella. Over the next decade, the company introduced the F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor, the B-58 Hustler, and the Convair 880 and 990 airliners. Convair also introduced the Atlas missile platform, the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile.
Hopkins fell seriously ill during 1957 and was eventually replaced by Frank Pace later that year. Meanwhile, John Naish succeeded Joseph McNarney as president of Convair. Chicago industrialist Henry Crown became the company's largest shareholder and merged his Material Service Corporation with GD in 1959.
GD subsequently reorganized into Eastern Group in New York City and Western Group in San Diego, California, with the latter taking over all of the aerospace activities and dropping the Convair brand name from its aircraft in the process.
Frank Pace retired under pressure in 1962 and Roger Lewis, former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and Pan American Airways CEO, was brought in as CEO. The company recovered, then fell back into the same struggles. In 1970, the board brought in McDonnell Douglas president Dave Lewis (no relation) as chairman and CEO, who served until retiring in 1985.
During the early 1960s the company bid on the United States Air Force's Tactical Fighter, Experimental (TFX) project for a new low-level "penetrator". Robert McNamara, newly installed as the Secretary of Defense, forced a merger of the TFX with U.S. Navy plans for a new long-range "fleet defender" aircraft. In order to bid on a naval version successfully, GD partnered with Grumman, which would build a customized version for aircraft carrier duties. After four rounds of bids and changes, the GD/Grumman team finally won the contract over a Boeing submission.
The F-111 that resulted first flew in December 1964. The F-111B flew in May 1965, but the navy said that it was too heavy for use on aircraft carriers. With an unacceptable navy version, estimates for 2,400 F-111s, including exports, were sharply reduced, but GD still managed to make a $300-million profit on the project. Grumman went on to use many of the innovations of the F-111 in the highly successful F-14 Tomcat, an aircraft designed solely as a carrier-borne fighter.
In May 1965, GD reorganized into 12 operating divisions based on product lines. The board decided to build all future planes in Fort Worth, ending plane production at Convair's original plant in San Diego but continuing with space and missile development there. In October 1970, Roger Lewis left and David S. Lewis from McDonnell Douglas was named CEO. Lewis required that the company headquarters move to St. Louis, Missouri, which occurred in February 1971.
This section needs additional citations for verification. (June 2020) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
In 1972, GD bid on the USAF's Lightweight Fighter (LWF) project. GD and Northrop were awarded prototype contracts. GD's F-111 program was winding down, and the company desperately needed a new aircraft contract. It organized its own version of Lockheed's famed "Skunk Works", the Advanced Concepts Laboratory, and responded with a new aircraft design incorporating advanced technologies.
GD's YF-16 first flew in January 1974 and proved to have slightly better performance than the YF-17 in head-to-head testing. It entered production as the F-16 in January 1975 with an initial order of 650 and a total order of 1,388. The F-16 also won contracts worldwide, beating the F-17 in foreign competition as well. GD built an aircraft production factory in Fort Worth, Texas. F-16 orders eventually totaled more than 4,000, making it the largest and most successful program for the company, and one of the most successful western military projects since World War II.
Land Systems and Marine Systems focusEdit
This section needs additional citations for verification. (June 2020) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
In 1976, General Dynamics sold the struggling Canadair back to the Canadian government for $38 million. By 1984, General Dynamics had four divisions: Convair in San Diego, General Dynamics-Fort Worth, General Dynamics-Pomona, and General Dynamics-Electronics. In 1985 a further reorganization created the Space Systems Division from the Convair Space division. In 1985, GD also acquired Cessna. In 1986 the Pomona division (which mainly produced the Standard Missile and the Phalanx CIWS for the navy) was split up, creating the Valley Systems Division. Valley Systems produced the Stinger surface-to-air missile and the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM). Both units were recombined into one entity in 1992.
Henry Crown, still GD's largest shareholder, died on 15 August 1990. Following this, the company started to rapidly divest its under-performing divisions under CEO William Anders. Cessna was re-sold to Textron in January 1992, the San Diego and Pomona missile production units to General Motors-Hughes Aerospace in May 1992, the Fort Worth aircraft production to Lockheed in March 1993 (a nearby electronics production facility was separately sold to Israeli-based Elbit Systems, marking that company's entry into the United States market), and its Space Systems Division to Martin Marietta in 1994. The remaining Convair Aircraft Structure unit was sold to McDonnell Douglas in 1994. The remains of the Convair Division were simply closed in 1996. GD's exit from the aviation world was short-lived, and in 1999 the company acquired Gulfstream Aerospace. The Pomona operation was closed shortly after its sale to Hughes Aircraft.
In 1995, General Dynamics purchased the privately held Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, for $300 million, diversifying its shipbuilding portfolio to include U.S. Navy surface ships such as guided-missile destroyers. In 1998, the company acquired NASSCO, formerly National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, for $415 million. The San Diego shipyard produces U.S. Navy auxiliary and support ships as well as commercial ships that are eligible to be U.S.-flagged under the Jones Act.
Having divested itself of its aviation holdings, GD concentrated on land and sea products. GD purchased Chrysler's defense divisions in 1982, renaming them General Dynamics Land Systems. In 2003, it purchased the defense divisions of General Motors as well. It is now a major supplier of armored vehicles of all types, including the M1 Abrams, LAV 25, Stryker, and a wide variety of vehicles based on these chassis. Force Protection, Inc. was acquired by General Dynamics Land Systems in November 2011 for $350 million.
General Dynamics UKEdit
In 1997, General Dynamics acquired Computing Devices Ltd based in Hastings, England which had developed avionics and mission systems for the Panavia Tornado, British Aerospace Harrier II and Hawker Siddeley Nimrod. In 2001, Computing Devices Canada (CDC) was awarded a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to supply tactical communication systems for their Bowman program. The work for this was carried out at a newly-established UK headquarters in Oakdale, Wales and the company was renamed General Dynamics UK Limited. Today, it comprises two business units: General Dynamics Land Systems - UK and General Dynamics Mission Systems - UK and it remains one of the UK's leading defense companies, operating out of a total of eight sites across the United Kingdom. It is currently responsible for delivering the General Dynamics Ajax family of armored vehicles, the Foxhound light protected patrol vehicle and the Morpheus communications system to the UK Ministry of Defence.
On August 19, 2008, GD agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the US Government claiming that a GD unit fraudulently billed the government for defectively manufactured parts used in US military aircraft and submarines. The US alleged that GD defectively manufactured or failed to test parts used in US military aircraft from September 2001 to August 2003, such as for the C-141 Starlifter transport plane. The GD unit involved, based in Glen Cove, New York, closed in 2004.
In 2014, the government of Canada announced it had selected the General Dynamics Land Systems subsidiary in London, Ontario, to produce Light Armoured Vehicles for Saudi Arabia as part of a $10 billion deal with the Canadian Commercial Corporation. The sale has been criticized by political opponents because of the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. In December 2018, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested Canada might scrap the deal, the company warned that doing so could lead to "billions of dollars in liability" and risk the loss of thousands of jobs. Trudeau has since said that while he is critical of Saudi conduct, he cannot simply scrap the deal because "Canada as a country of the rule of law needs to respect its contracts." On 30 January 2019, CEO Phebe Novakovic warned investors that the matter had "significantly impacted" the company's cash flow because Saudi Arabia was nearly $2 billion in arrears on its payments.
General Dynamics has been accused by groups such as Code Pink and Green America of "making money from human suffering by profiting off the migrant children held at U.S. detention camps" due to its IT services contracts with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, the government agency that operates shelters for unaccompanied children to include those separated from their families as part of the Trump administration family separation policy. The company says it has no role in constructing or operating detention centers, and that its contracts to provide training and technical services began in 2000 and have spanned across four presidential administrations.
It was announced in September 2018 that the U.S. Navy awarded contracts for 10 new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Mattis re-joined the company's board of directors in August 2019. He had previously served on the board, but resigned and divested before becoming secretary of defense.
In September of 2020, General Dynamics announced a strategic counter-drone partnership, providing General Dynamics’ global network with access to Dedrone’s complete drone detection and defeat technology. 
- 1967 – General Atomics was sold to Gulf Oil.
- 1969 - Forced by Federal order to divest itself of Liquid Carbonic Corporation in January; Liquid Carbonic was then purchased by Houston Natural Gas Co.
- 1976 – Canadair sold back to the Canadian government.
- 1981 – Following expropriation legislation passed by the government of the Province of Quebec, General Dynamics' Canadian subsidiary sold its 54.6% controlling interest in Asbestos Corporation Limited to the Quebec government-owned corporation, Société nationale de l'amiante (SNA).
- 1991 – Data Systems Division sold to Computer Sciences Corporation.
- 1992 – Tactical Missiles Division to Hughes Aircraft Company
- 1992 – Cessna was sold to Textron.
- 1992 – Electronics Division sold to Carlyle Group of Washington, D.C. and renamed GDE Systems.
- 1993 – Fort Worth Division, a producer of fixed-wing military aircraft, was sold to Lockheed Corporation.
- 1993 – Space Systems Division was sold to Martin Marietta.
- 1994 – Convair's aerostructures unit's manufacturing work in San Diego was transferred to McDonnell Douglas.
- 2006 – Material Service to Hanson.
- 2007 – Freeman United Coal Mining Co. sold to Springfield Coal Co. for an undisclosed amount.
- 2010 – Spacecraft development and manufacturing (a business group within the Advanced Information Systems division) to Orbital Sciences Corporation.
- 2014 – Advanced Systems (another business line within Advanced Information Systems) to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
As of 2019, General Dynamics consists of ten separate businesses as follows:
- Electric Boat
- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
- General Dynamics Mission Systems
- Bath Iron Works
- General Dynamics Land Systems
- General Dynamics European Land Systems
- Jet Aviation
- General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
- General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
- Martin/General Dynamics RB-57F Canberra
- American Overseas Marine Corporation
- Bath Iron Works
- Electric Boat
- National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
- Quincy Shipbuilding Division (closed 1986)
- RIM-24 Tartar
- FIM-43 Redeye
- MIM-46 Mauler
- RIM-66 Standard
- AGM-78 Standard ARM
- FIM-92 Stinger
- AIM-97 Seekbat
- RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
- AGM-129 ACM
- Tomahawk (missile)
- BGM-109G Ground Launched Cruise Missile
- SM-65 Atlas (CGM/HGM-16)
Former General Dynamics Pomona Division Phalanx CIWS
- General Dynamics Land Systems
- General Dynamics Robotic Systems
- Expeditionary tank
- M1 Abrams series Main Battle Tank
- Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle
- Heavy Assault Bridge Program
- LAV series
- Stryker Armored Combat Vehicle
- Crusader Self-Propelled Howitzer
- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products
- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
- General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS)
- General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited
Information Systems and TechnologyEdit
Information Systems and Technology represent 34% of the company's revenue.
- Atlas (rocket family)
- NEXUS (rocket) space launch vehicle concept (never built)
Current members of the board of directors of General Dynamics are: Catherine Reynolds, Nicholas Chabraja, James Crown, William Fricks, Paul Kaminski, John Keane, Lester Lyles, Phebe Novakovic, William A. Osborn, Laura J. Schumacher and Robert Walmsley.
General Dynamics has $30.9 billion in sales as of 2017 primarily military, but also civilian with its Gulfstream Aerospace unit and conventional shipbuilding and repair with its National Steel and Shipbuilding subsidiary.
In 2004, General Dynamics bid for the UK company Alvis plc, the leading British manufacturer of armored vehicles. In March the board of Alvis Vickers voted in favor of the £309m takeover. However at the last minute BAE Systems offered £355m for the company. This deal was finalized in June 2004.
10% of General Dynamic stock is owned by the Crown family, which includes Nancy Carrington Crown and Steven Crown. This is the family's largest single asset.
- "General Dynamics Corporation 2018 Annual Report (Form 10-K)" (PDF). sec.gov. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. January 2019.
- "Frequently Asked Questions". General Dynamics
- "Top 10 Defense Contractors in the World". CNBC, 2019-01-10, accessed 2019-07-03.
- "Fortune 500 Companies 2019". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
- "Business Units Archived 2015-09-09 at the Wayback Machine." General Dynamics. Retrieved on September 7, 2011. "Corporate Headquarters General Dynamics 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 100; Falls Church, Virginia 22042-4513"
- Times, Robert Trumbull Special to The New York (1975-11-29). "GENERAL DYNAMICS TO SELL CANADAIR Ottawa Says It Will Acquire Aircraft‐Manufacturing Unit for $38 Million". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
- Wayne, Leslie (1999-05-18). "General Dynamics to Acquire Gulfstream". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
- "History of General Dynamics Corporation". Funding Universe. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
- "General Dynamics Corp". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
- "introduction - canadair50yearhistory". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
- Trumbull, Robert (November 29, 1975). "GENERAL DYNAMICS TO SELL CANADAIR Ottawa Says It Will Acquire Aircraft‐Manufacturing Unit for $38 Million". The New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
- Salpukas, Agis (1986-08-19). "COMPANY NEWS; Canadair to Be Sold To Bombardier Inc". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
- "General Dynamics Corporation". U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. Archived from the original on 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- "United States v. General Dynamics Corporation, 258 F. Supp. 36 (S.D.N.Y. 1966)".
- Metz, Robert (1975-03-28). "Market Place". The New York Times.
- Alsop, Stewart (July 17, 1965). America's Big New Rich. The Saturday Evening Post.
- Donald M. Pattillo (2001). Pushing the Envelope: The American Aircraft Industry. University of Michigan Press. pp. 225, 226. ISBN 0472086715. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
- Robert Bernier. "Was the Navy's F-111 Really That Bad?". Air&Space Magazine. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
- Brown, Lisa. "Boeing moving defense HQ from St. Louis to D.C. area". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- "General Dynamics to Buy Bath Iron Works Shipyard : Defense: The purchase would give the contractor access to $2 billion in orders for Navy ships". Los Angeles Times. 1995-08-18. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
- "Defense Giant to Purchase Nassco for $415 Million". Los Angeles Times. 1998-10-09. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
- "Transatlantic Defence Industrial Relationship: An Audit and Commentary" (PDF). CNA.org. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- Sullivan, Hugh (30 November 2018). "Protest over Hastings Firm's Links to US Child Detention". Hastings Independent. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "Defence firm sets sights on 500 jobs". South Wales Argus. 22 August 2001. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "About Us". General Dynamics UK. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- Washington Post, "General Dynamics To Settle Suit For $4 Million", August 19, 2008, p. D4.
- Cudmore, James (14 February 2014). "General Dynamics Canada wins $10B deal with Saudi Arabia". CBC News. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
- De Bono, Norman (30 September 2015). "Union asks NDP to keep Saudi armoured vehicles deal 'under wraps', fearing 'significant' job losses". Postmedia Network. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Advocates urge Ottawa to cease sales of military goods to Saudi Arabia amid growing backlash against war in Yemen". The Globe and Mail Inc. 20 June 2019.
- "General Dynamics warns Canada: Cancelling Saudi deal would cost billions". CBC/Radio-Canada. 18 December 2018.
- Ljunggren, David (17 December 2018). "General Dynamics warns Canada: Canceling Saudi deal would cost billions". Reuters. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
- "Tension between Canada and Saudi Arabia is now weighing on an American defence giant's earnings | Financial Post". 2019-02-13. Archived from the original on 2019-04-18. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
- "General Dynamics reports financial fallout with Saudi Arabia". Press Herald. The Washington Post.
Our payment issue got caught up in a larger international political issue, diplomatic issue," Novacovik told investors. "While we got some payment last year, those diplomatic contretemps slowed the payment that we otherwise anticipated.
- Mehta, Aaron (2018-04-04). "General Dynamics completes CSRA acquisition". Defense News. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
- "General Dynamics: Divest from War & Prisons". CODEPINK. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
- Fernholz, Tim. "US defense contractors profit from child detention—and you might, too". Quartz. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
- "Job postings offer clues to inner workings of facilities for immigrant children". star-telegram. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
- "Frequently Asked Questions| General Dynamics". www.gd.com. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
- MarEx. "U.S. Navy Places Advance Order for 10 New Destroyers". maritime-executive.com. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- Feldscher, Jacqueline. "Jim Mattis rejoining General Dynamics board of directors". POLITICO. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
- “General Dynamics Mission Systems and Dedrone Enter Strategic Partnership.” UAS Weekly. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
- "General Dynamics Electric Boat - History". General Dynamics Electric Boat. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
- "BOARDS APPROVE CONVAIR MERGER; General Dynamics to Step Up as Vast Defense Complex if Stockholders Concur". The New York Times. March 2, 1954. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
- "Our History". General Dynamics. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
- "Liquid Carbonic Industries Corporation records". Chicago Collections. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
- Deny Rocket Lag. Atlas Firing Keynotes U.S. Missile Build-Up, 1959/01/29 (1959). Universal Newsreel. 1959. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
- "$450 Million Dynamics Deal For Two Units". The New York Times. November 8, 1996. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- "General Dynamics Completes Acquisition of Saco Defense Corp". General Dynamics. June 30, 2000. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- "Colt's Agrees To Buy Gunmaker In Maine". Hartford Courant. May 20, 1998. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- "Primex Technologies acquired by General Dynamics" Tampa Bay Business Journal, January 24, 2001.
- "General Dynamics Agrees to Buy Galaxy Aerospace for $330 Million". The Wall Street Journal. May 1, 2001. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- "In Brief: General Dynamics completes IMCO buy". Aviation Week & Space Technology. September 5, 2003. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- "General Dynamics finishes buy of Spectrum Astro". washingtontechnology.com. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
- Shropshire, Corilyn (April 2, 2005). "Defense giant buys Maya Viz". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- "General Dynamics acquires Tadpole Computer". Aviation Week & Space Technology. August 17, 2005. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- "General Dynamics buys Itronix". RCR Wireless. August 5, 2005. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- Merle, Renae (December 14, 2005). "General Dynamics to Buy FC Systems". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- "General Dynamics acquires Mediaware International". Military & Aerospace Electronics. November 15, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
- "HLTH Announces Agreement to Sell ViPS Unit to General Dynamics for $225 Million". HLTH Corporation Press Release, June 3, 2008. Archived October 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- "General Dynamics to Boost Gulfstream With Jet Aviation Purchase". Washington Post, August 20, 2008.
- "General Dynamics Completes Acquisition of AxleTech International". The Carlyle Group, January 4, 2009.
- "General Dynamics acquires Kylmar Ltd". Boston.com. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
- "General Dynamics to Acquire Arlington Contractor for Nearly $1 Billion". Washington Post, August 16, 2011.
- General Dynamics to buy Force Protection. Reuters.
- General Dynamics acquires NICTA start-up Open Kernel Labs. NICTA, September 12, 2012.
- "General Dynamics Acquires Applied Physical Sciences Corp" (Press release). General Dynamics. December 21, 2012. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
- "General Dynamics Mission Systems Acquires Bluefin Robotics" (Press release). General Dynamics Mission Systems. February 23, 2016.
- The Associated Press (February 12, 2018). "General Dynamics buying CSRA for about $6.8 billion". USA Today. McLean, Virginia: Gannett Company. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- Reuters (February 12, 2018). "General Dynamics to buy government IT contractor CSRA for $6.8 billion". CNBC. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: NBCUniversal News Group. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- Cameron, Doug; Lombardo, Cara (February 12, 2018). "General Dynamics Buying CSRA for $6.8 Billion". The Wall Street Journal. New York City: News Corp (via Dow Jones & Company). Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- "History of General Atomics". FundingUniverse. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
- "ECC | Liquid Carbonic Industries Corporation records". Chicago Collections. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
- Malcolm, Andrew H (November 29, 1981). "Quebec Takes a Gamble on Asbetos". The New York Times. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
- General Dynamics Sells a Third San Diego Unit. Los Angeles Times, October 06, 1992.
- "Missile completion". Flight International. Reed Business Publishing. 1992-09-02.
- "Cessna History 1927–1939". Cessna. Archived from the original on February 27, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
- "General Dynamics Sells Atlas Rocket Unit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- Kraul, Chris (July 2, 1994). "Convair Plant in San Diego to Close by 1996: Manufacturing: Move will end 1,900 jobs and the city's long tradition of building planes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
- Bob Tita (2006). "Material Service sold to Hanson; Lester Crown remains chair". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- Crown II Mine Closing; Freeman Coal Sold to New Company. Red Orbit, September 4, 2007.
- Orbital buys General Dynamics' spacecraft business . BusinessWeek. Archived 2012-10-23 at the Wayback Machine
- "MDA completes strategic capability acquisition in the United States". prnewswire.com. October 3, 2014. Archived from the original on June 26, 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
- "SEC Form 10-K". www.sec.gov. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
- "General Dynamics Land Systems". Archived from the original on 12 February 1997. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- "General Dynamics Robotic Systems". gdrs.com.
- General Dynamics Robotic Systems – Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) Archived 2015-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
- General Dynamics Robotic Systems – Mobile Detection Assessment and Response System (MDARS) Archived 2008-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
- General Dynamics Robotic Systems – Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) Archived 2008-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products (GDATP) Archived 2008-10-04 at the Wayback Machine
- "General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems". Gd-ots.com. 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
- About Us – Our Company Archived 2015-02-20 at the Wayback Machine – General Dynamics
- "National Security Inc". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- "General Dynamics : Investor Relations : Board of Directors". Investorrelations.gd.com. 2013-01-01. Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
- "General Dynamics". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
- "BAE outguns US rival with £355m bid for Alvis". The Guardian. 4 June 2004. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
- Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute – Donor Information Archived 2012-02-15 at the Wayback Machine. cdfai.org
- "Crown family". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
- "General Dynamics Corporation - AnnualReports.com". www.annualreports.com. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
- Patents owned by General Dynamics Corporation. US Patent & Trademark Office. URL accessed on 5 December 2005.
- Founder of the Electric Boat Company at the Wayback Machine (archived October 26, 2009) from a GeoCities-hosted website
- Compton-Hall, Richard. The Submarine Pioneers. Sutton Publishing, 1999.
- Franklin, Roger. The Defender: The Story of General Dynamics. Harper & Row, 1986.
- General Dynamics. Dynamic America. General Dynamics/Doubleday Publishing Company, 1960.
- Goodwin, Jacob. Brotherhood of Arms: General Dynamics and the Business of Defending America. Random House, 1985.
- Pederson, Jay P. (Ed.). International Directory of Company Histories, Volume 40. St. James Press, March 2001. ISBN 1-55862-445-7. (General Dynamics section, pp. 204–210). See also International Directory of Company Histories, Volume 86. St. James Press, July 2007. ISBN 1-4144-2970-3 (General Dynamics/Electric Boat Corporation section, pp. 136–139).
- Morris, Richard Knowles. John P. Holland 1841–1914, Inventor of the Modern Submarine. The University of South Carolina Press, 1998. (Book originally copyrighted and published by the United States Naval Institute Press, 1966.)
- Morris, Richard Knowles. Who Built Those Subs?. United States Naval Institute Press, October 1998. (125th Anniversary issue)
- Rodengen, Jeffrey. The Legend of Electric Boat, Serving The Silent Service. Write Stuff Syndicate, 1994. Account revised in 2007.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to General Dynamics.|
- Business data for General Dynamics: