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America's Top 10 Government Contractors
Follow the Money:
Here Are America's Top 10 Government Contractors
10. BAE Systems plc
Boeing P-8A Poseidon cockpit. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.
Britain-based BAE Systems is
the only non-U.S.-based
company on the top 10 list
Working through its U.S.
subsidiary, BAE Systems, Inc.,
it won $5 billion in U.S.
contracts in 2014.
For example, BAE built the
“mission computer suite” for
U.S. Navy Boeing P-8A
9. SAIC Inc.
U.S. Naval Base Guam. Image source: U.S. Navy.
IT specialist SAIC edged out
BAE Systems for the No. 9
slot, winning $5.6 billion in
contracts in 2014.
One typical award: A $282
million contract to perform
maintenance and repair
work at Department of
Defense and federal
installations in Guam,
Hawaii, and Kwajalein Atoll.
8. L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.
Image source: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Another of Washington’s
favorite IT specialists, L-3
Communications won $5.8
billion worth of work in 2014.
A typical day at the office: In
November 2014, the National
Agency hired L-3 to maintain
its global communications
infrastructure for the next five
7. McKesson Corporation
TRICARE at Naval Hospital Pensacola. Image source: U.S. Navy.
Healthcare giant McKesson
collected $6.2 billion from the
U.S. government in 2014.
A major supplier to the
Pentagon’s Tricare pharmacy,
McKesson is currently engaged
by a multiyear, multibillion-
dollar contract to supply
prescription drugs to 9.5 million
active-duty service members,
retirees, and their dependents.
6. United Technologies Corporation
Built by Lockheed, powered by Pratt & Whitney: the F-35.
Image source: United Technologies.
Edging past McKesson into sixth
place, with $6.26 billion in
government sales, is United
United Technologies’ business
interests range from elevators to
Some of its biggest sales to the U.S.
government, however, center on its
role as engine supplier to Lockheed
Martin’s F-35 fighter jet -- a role
that won it, for example, a $592
million contract to sell F135 engines
in October 2014.
5. Northrop Grumman Corporation
SBIRS Image source: U.S. Air Force.
Best known as a supplier of military
aircraft, Northrop Grumman does
other work for the U.S. government
as well. For example, in December
2014, it was chosen to supply the
space inertial reference system for
the new Space-Based Infrared
System's (SBIRS) Geosynchronous
Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite.
With $10.4 billion in government
sales, Northrop accounted for 2.4%
of government contracts in 2014.
4. Raytheon Company
Image source: Wikimedia Commons.
Continuing up the ladder, we find
Raytheon on the fourth rung,
winning $12.6 billion in
Perhaps the best known of these
-- if not for the best reasons -- was
the JLENS blimp that Raytheon
floated above Washington, D.C., in
late 2014. This was the same
blimp that broke loose to wander
the East Coast last fall.
3. General Dynamics Corporation
General Dynamics -- tanks and… healthcare.
Image source: U.S. Air Force.
Another diverse “defense contractor,”
General Dynamics is best known for its
Abrams M1 battle tanks. But it also
plays a crucial role in…healthcare.
In February 2014, General Dynamics
was awarded $800 million to improve
“safety, timeliness, effectiveness and
equitability” of healthcare for the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Combined, General Dynamics’
businesses did $15.4 billion in
government work in 2014.
2. The Boeing Company
Image source: Ken Hackman for the U.S. Air Force.
With $18.3 billion worth of
government contracts in
2014, Boeing was the
government’s No. 2
One small but high-profile
part of that business:
Boeing builds Air Force
One for the U.S. President.
1. Lockheed Martin Corporation
Orion. Image source: NASA.
And the top government
contractor? With $32.1 billion in
government contracts, Lockheed
Martin tops the list for the third
year in a row.
Obviously, one of Lockheed’s
biggest businesses is building F-35
fighter jets for the Air Force. But
Lockheed builds much more than
Such as the Orion spacecraft, which
could one day carry U.S. astronauts
So why is all this important?
Wouldn’t you like to get in on that?
Boeing and Lockheed Martin are America’s top two
government contractors, and have been so for each of the
past three years.
Every time the government spends one of your tax dollars
on private contracting, Boeing and Lockheed Martin take
(more than) a dime off the top.
And even the stingiest of them pays its shareholders more interest
than your bank pays you.
Boeing pays its shareholders a 2.5% dividend yield, and Lockheed Martin pays 3%.
Buy a share of Boeing (only 18 times earnings) or a share of Lockheed (19 times), and
abracadabra -- your tax dollars boomerang right back to you.
In fact, each one of America’s top 10 government contractors has a publicly traded
stock that you can own.
So what are you waiting for?
Tax time is just around the corner. If you want to take the sting out of paying the piper,
pick up a few shares of one of these stocks. When your tax bill arrives in the mail, take
comfort in the knowledge that…
Your dividend check won’t be far behind.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons.
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