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Following the Money: Here Are America's Top 10 Defense Contractors
Following the Money:
Here Are America's Top 10 Defense Contractors
10. SAIC / Leidos
Last year, SAIC and BAE Systems were awarded contracts to
build an Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 for the Marine Corps.
Image source: BAE Systems.
Let’s start off with a two-fer.
Up until September 2013,
SAIC and Leidos were one
By 2014, they had split, but
were still working on
contracts they’d previously
Together or apart, they
earned $3.6 billion from
defense contracts in 2014 -- or
about 1.25% of all defense
contracts for the year.
9. Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.
Huntington Ingalls is building the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier,
the USS John F. Kennedy. Image source: Huntington Ingalls.
One of America’s two biggest
Huntington Ingalls builds
cutters for the U.S. Coast
Guard -- and the Navy’s
biggest supercarriers, too.
In 2014, Huntington
accounted for more than $4
billion in defense spending --
1.4% of the total.
8. BAE Systems plc
Co-located at the U.S. Navy’s Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard,
BAE’s Hawaii Ship Repair facility is one of the largest private
sector ship repair facilities in the world.
Image source: BAE Systems.
The only non-American
contractor on the list of the top
10 companies supplying
American defense (indeed, the
only one in the top 20), BAE
does most of its business here
through U.S. subsidiary BAE
How much business does it do?
About $4.9 billion in 2014 --
1.7% of all defense spending.
7. L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.
Image source: L-3 Communications.
One of Washington’s favorite
IT specialists, L-3 won $5.3
billion worth of defense work
That was nearly 1.9% of all
funds the U.S. spent on
defense contracting that year.
6. United Technologies Corporation
Built by Lockheed, powered by Pratt & Whitney: the F-35.
Image source: United Technologies.
With $22 billion in revenue
contributed by subsidiaries
Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney
annually, and another $14.5
billion from its aerospace
systems business, United
Tech is one of the biggest
names in aerospace.
It’s also a huge supplier to
the Pentagon, winning $6.2
billion in military contracts in
5. Northrop Grumman Corporation
Global Hawk. Image source: Northrop Grumman.
With products ranging from Global
Hawk and Fire Scout drones to E-2D
Advanced Hawkeye airborne early
warning systems and B-2 bombers
(and soon, perhaps the B-3 as
well?), Northrop Grumman is one
of America’s go-to sources for
2014 saw Northrop take fifth place
in defense contracting, winning
$9.3 billion in work -- 3.25% of the
4. Raytheon Company
Patriot missile battery. Image source: Raytheon.
Certified rocket-stock Raytheon
did even better, pulling down
$11.9 billion in contracts in 2014.
Probably best known for its
Patriot missile defense system,
Raytheon makes missiles for
pretty much any platform you can
imagine, from airplanes
(AMRAAM) to ships (Seasparrow)
to soldiers’ shoulders (Stinger).
3. General Dynamics Corporation
M1 Abrams main battle tank. Image source: U.S. Air Force.
The biggest name in American armored
vehicles, General Dynamics builds both
the Stryker armored personnel carrier
and the heavier Abrams main battle
General Dynamics also builds guided
missile destroyers, littoral combat
ships, and nuclear attack submarines
for the U.S. Navy.
Combined, General Dynamics’ multiple
military businesses brought in $13.6
billion in 2014.
2. The Boeing Company
F/A-18 fighter on deck. Image source: Mass Communication
Specialist 3rd Class Jason Johnston for the U.S. Navy.
Ascending into the big
leagues now, the No. 2
defense contractor in
America is Boeing.
The world’s biggest civilian
plane builder also builds
military jets for the Pentagon
-- everything from F-15
fighter jets for the Air Force
to P-8A Poseidons and F/A-
18s for the Navy.
Total defense haul in 2014:
1. Lockheed Martin Corporation
F-35. Image source: John E. Wilson for the U.S. Marine Corps.
And the nation’s top defense
contractor? With $25.3 billion in
contracts, that’s Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed builds all of America’s fifth-
generation fighter jets, both F-22
Raptors and F-35 Lightning IIs. In 2015,
Lockheed Martin also bought Sikorsky
-- instantly transforming it into the
nation’s leading manufacturer of
combat helicopters as well.
Long story short, Lockheed’s going to
be leading this top 10 list for quite
some time to come.
So why is all this important?
Wouldn’t you like to get in on that?
Boeing and Lockheed Martin are America’s top two defense
contractors. They’ve held these positions for each of the past three
years, with no end in sight.
And every time the government spends $1.00 of your tax money on
private contracting, $0.16 to $0.18 of that goes to
Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
As a group, they pay an average of 2.4% in dividends every year.
That’s several times more interest than your bank pays you.
Boeing shares cost only 18 times earnings, and pay a 2.5% dividend yield.
Lockheed Martin (with shares costing 19 times earnings) pays shareholders an even
more generous 3%.
In fact, each one of America’s top 10 (or 11) 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 …
Your dividend check won’t be far behind.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons.
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