General Atomics

General Atomics is a nuclear physics and defense contractor headquartered in San Diego, California. General Atomics’ research into fission and fusion matured into competencies in related technologies, allowing the company to expand into other fields of research. General Atomics develops systems ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely operated surveillance aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

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Campaign Finance

$6,180,837 Given

Figures are based on itemized contributions reported to the Federal Election Commission and state agencies. Please note that:

  • contributions under $200 are not reported, and so are not included in totals.
  • only contributions from individuals and organizations to candidates are included. Various accounting measures and more exotic contribution types are excluded.
  • contributions are matched based on organization and recipient name reported within each election cycle. Contributions using an incorrect or non-standard version of the name may be missed.
  • corporate name changes and mergers may cause figures to differ from those of the Center for Responsive Politics.
  • organization totals include known subsidiaries of the organization.

For more information, please see our campaign finance methodology page. Lobbyist bundling data is described on our lobbyist bundling methodology page.

federal data covers from 1989 roughly through Q2 2014
state-level data is not available in bulk for 2014. for current state data, browse
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$30,870,000 Spent

Figures are based on lobbying activity reported to the Senate Office of Public Records. Reported dollar amounts are required to be accurate only to the nearest $20,000. For organizations whose primary business is lobbying, we display total income and top clients. For organizations that are not primarily lobbying firms, we display total amount spent on lobbying and top lobbying firms hired.

For more information, please see our lobbying methodology page.

covers roughly through Q2, 2014

Lobbying on Behalf of General Atomics

View all lobbying data for General Atomics Sources: Lobbyist Registration Tracker


Mentioned in 155 dockets

All data is based on documents downloaded from The first table shows mentions: all documents that include the name of the company anywhere in the document or document metadata. The second table shows submissions: all documents where the submitter metadata included the company name. Each table shows the top 10 dockets, ranked by number of occurrences.

Matches are based on a search for the company name. Variations in the company name, such as acronyms, nicknames or alternate names may cause documents to be missed. The mention of a company name in a document may be incidental and does not necessarily indicate that the company has any relevance to the document. Company names that are common English words may erroneously match with text that is not referring to the company.

Not all agencies submit public comments to For a list of participating and non-participating agencies see here. Agencies that do submit to have varying levels of accuracy and completeness.

Regulations and public comments can be downloaded in bulk here.


$32,490,000 Received

Figures are based on both committee earmark disclosures and on analysis of appropriations bill text. Table shows top 10 earmarks, ordered by dollar amount in the final version of the bill.

For more information, see our Earmark Methodology page.

Top Earmarks

Fiscal Year Amount Description
2010 $5,000,000 General Atomics: Holloman High Speed Test Track
2008 $4,000,000 General Atomics: Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) (MIP) -- Warrior Block 0 All-Weather, Hi-Fidelity Sensor Upgrades
2010 $3,840,000 General Atomics: Sewage-Derived Biofuels Project
2010 $3,520,000 General Atomics: Hawaii Microalgae Biofuel Project
2008 $2,400,000 General Atomics: Explosives Demilitarization Technology -- Sierra Army Depot Cryofracture/Plasma Arc Transportable System
2010 $2,080,000 General Atomics: Portable Sensor for Toxic Gas Detection
2008 $1,650,000 General Atomics West Central Cooperative: Environmental Quality Technology -- Battlefield Plastic Biodiesel
2010 $1,600,000 Texas A&M AgriLIFE Research Center General Atomics: Strategic Biofuels Supply System
2010 $1,600,000 General Atomics: Military Waste-to-Energy Project using the Hydro-Thermal Energy Conversion (Hy-TEC) Process
2010 $1,600,000 General Atomics: Watchkeeper
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Federal Spending

39 grants; 519 contracts

Federal grants, contracts and loans are reported by federal agencies using the FPDS and FAADS systems. The data is made available to the public at Please note that the completeness and quality of the data varies greatly by agency.

Only grants, contracts and loans with amounts over $1 million are shown.

Because company names are not reported in a standardized manner, we cannot reliably determine the company receiving the contract or award. The results shown here are based on a search for the company name. Individual records may be missed or erroneously included because of name variations. For more information, please see our federal spending methodology page.

covers through's Sept. 15, 2012 release for contracts and Oct. 19, 2012 for grants.

Note: Company names in federal spending data are not standardized. The table below is included only as a sample of what is available in the data and has not been reviewed for accuracy or completeness. To investigate the data further, use the links at the bottom of the table.

Type Recipient Name Year Agency Description Amount
General Atomics 2010 INCREMENTAL FUNDING $201,414,100
General Atomics 2011 INCREMENTAL FUNDING. $131,568,589
General Atomics 2012 INCREMENTAL FUNDING $98,400,000
General Atomics 2013 INCREMENTAL FUNDING $84,300,000
General Atomics 2009 CVN 78 PRODUCTION EMALS $65,000,000
General Atomics 2005 $40,000,000
General Atomics 2009 EMALS SHIP SET FUNDING $39,109,400
General Atomics 2006 $33,250,000
General Atomics 2010 INCREMENTAL FUNDING MOD $32,184,000
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Contractor Misconduct

1 Instances

This information is collected by the Project On Government Oversight from press releases, court documents, news reports and other public records. It is not meant to be an exhaustive account of all instances of federal contractor misconduct.

More information on each instance, including primary source documents, is available on POGO's site by clicking on the instance description. More information on POGO's methodology is available here.

covers through POGO's March 5, 2013 release
Misconduct Type Hired By Incident Year Disposition Penalty
Non-governmental Contract Fraud Non-Governmental Banks v. General Atomics (Breach of Contract) 2011 Judgment Against Defendant $8,700,000
View all contractor misconduct data for General Atomics Sources: Federal Contractor Misconduct Database from POGO

EPA Violations

1 Enforcement Actions

Figures are based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s ECHO website. The ECHO database contains federal and state environmental enforcement actions. Data displayed here includes only those actions that began after 2000 and resulted in fines of over $1 million.

Actions where the company was the sole defendant are listed first. Actions where the company is one of multiple defendants are listed subsequently.

For more information see our EPA methodology page.

covers through EPA's October 19, 2011 release
Case Name Defendant Date Locations Amount
Casmalia Superfund Site De Minimis Settlement 99-02(C)(Supp)(2) General Atomics (+34 others) 2009 Casmalia, Ca $1,250,000
View all EPA violations data for General Atomics Sources: EPA ECHO Enforcement Data

Advisory Committees

11 people on 8 committees

Data is based on disclosures required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Matches are based on the occurrence of the company name in the committee member affiliation. Variations in company names may cause some matches to be missed.

The table shows only the top 10 agencies. To search and download raw records from the complete dataset see the FACA data section.

covers through 2011

Table shows employees of "General Atomics" that sat on federal advisory committees.

  • Agency
  • Representation
  • Toggle Department of Energy 7 people on 3 committees
  • Toggle National Science Foundation 5 people on 5 committees
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