About GD

General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company. From Gulfstream business jets to submarines to wheeled combat vehicles to communications systems, people around the world depend on our products and services for their safety and security.

Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, General Dynamics is led by Phebe Novakovic. The company employs thousands of people, with locations in 43 countries. At the heart of our company are our employees. We rely on their intimate knowledge of customer requirements and a unique blend of skill and innovation to develop and produce the best possible products and services.

The driver that makes our company agile, and ensures our continued performance, is our culture of continuous improvement. This culture enforces a shared commitment to consistently look toward the future and to embrace change. It’s a priority at all levels of our company, with every employee engaged in finding new ways to do things faster, better and more cost-effectively, and push the boundaries of our potential.

History of GD

General Dynamics was incorporated in Delaware in 1952. From that time period to the 1990s, the company provided tanks, rockets, missiles, submarines, warships, fighters and electronics to all of the military services.

In the early 1990s, we sold nearly all of our divisions except for Electric Boat and Land Systems. Starting in the mid-1990s, we began expanding again by acquiring combat vehicle-related businesses, information technology product and service companies, additional shipyards and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

Our Model

General Dynamics is organized into four business groups and each comprises several business units. Our balanced business model gives each business unit the flexibility they need to stay close to their customers and remain agile.

General Dynamics' business units are responsible for the strategy and execution of their business. This includes supporting themselves with the administrative services they need, including human resources, supply-chain management, marketing and business development.

Our corporate leaders are responsible for setting the overall direction of the business and for the allocation of capital. The corporation's headquarters organization supports the business units and is structured to fulfill our legal, financial and regulatory responsibilities.

Our model encourages innovation and agility. 

Our Ethos

General Dynamics' ethos is our distinguishing moral nature. Our employees are a community of people dedicated to this ethos. Each of us has an obligation to behave according to our values. In that way, we can ensure that we continue to be good stewards of the investments in us by our shareholders, customers, employees and communities, now and in the future. Our ethos is rooted in five values:

We tell the truth to ourselves and to others. Honesty breeds transparency.

We trust each other to do the right thing.

We are compassionate and empathetic. We respect the dignity, rights and autonomy of others.

We are united in our commitment to our values.

Value Creation
We create value by doing the right thing for our shareholders, our customers, our employees and our communities.

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