General Dynamics

General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is a U.S. defense conglomerate formed by mergers and divestitures, and as of 2008 it is the fifth largest defense contractor in the world. The company has changed markedly in the post-Cold War era of defense consolidation. The company has four main business segments: Marine Systems, Combat Systems, Information Systems and Technology, and Aerospace. The company's former Fort Worth Division manufactured the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the most-produced Western jet fighter, but that subsidiary was sold to Lockheed in 1993. GD reentered the airframe business in 1999 with their purchase of Gulfstream Aerospace.

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Campaign Finance

$17,329,449 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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$124,038,238 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 Dynamics

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


Mentioned in 673 dockets; Submitted to 20 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.

updated daily from by way of Docket Wrench

The tables show occurrences of "General Dynamics" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.


$13,200,000 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 $3,600,000 General Dynamics: Joint Tactical Radio System Handheld Manpack Small Form Factor Radio System
2008 $3,200,000 General Dynamics: Ballistics Technology -- Super High Accuracy Range Kit - 105mm Artillery Technology
2010 $2,400,000 General Dynamics: Air Drop Mortar Guided Munitions for the Tactical UAV
2008 $2,400,000 General Dynamics: Weapons of Mass Destruction Defeat Technologies -- PROTECTOR-DACS
2010 $1,600,000 General Dynamics: Rapid Response Force Projection Systems
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Federal Spending

60 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 Dynamics 2003 National Institutes Of Health $14,703,817
General Dynamics Corporation 2000 $12,391,500
General Dynamics Corporation 2000 $9,996,162
General Dynamics 2003 National Institutes Of Health $9,539,826
General Dynamics 2004 National Institutes Of Health OTHER ADP & TELECOMMUNICATIONS SVCS $8,665,739
General Dynamics Corporation 2001 $6,671,542
General Dynamics Corporation 2002 $5,281,877
General Dynamics Corporation 2000 $4,998,578
General Dynamics Corporation 2000 $3,786,425
General Dynamics Corporation 2004 $3,461,000
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Contractor Misconduct

15 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 Forti v. General Dynamics (Fraud and Breach of Oral Contract) 1996 Judgment Against Defendant $37,400,000
Labor None Will v. General Dynamics (401(k) Fiduciary Lawsuit) 2010 Settlement $15,150,000
Poor Contract Performance Non-Governmental Final Analysis Communication Systems v. General Dynamics (Breach of Contract) 2006 Judgment Against Defendant $11,870,000
Import/Export International Unauthorized Export of Technical Data 2004 Administrative Agreement $5,000,000
Government Contract Fraud Defense - Navy McMillan et al. v. General Dynamics (False Claims on Navy Aircraft and Submarine Parts) 2008 Settlement $4,250,000
Labor None Violation of Age Discrimination in Employment Act 1996 Settlement $2,532,294
Cost/Labor Mischarge Defense - Air Force F-16 Overcharge 1995 Settlement $1,800,000
Labor None Dobrich v. General Dynamics (Hostile Workplace) 2000 Judgment Against Defendant $300,000
Environment None Pantano Wash Hazardous Waste Disposal Settlement 2010 Settlement $150,750
Environment None Red Lion, PA Facility RCRA Violations 2010 Settlement $38,500
View all contractor misconduct data for General Dynamics Sources: Federal Contractor Misconduct Database from POGO

EPA Violations

5 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
Sangamo Electric Dump/Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Admin Order On Consent (Cercla) General Dynamics Ordinance And Tatical Systems 2003 Carterville, Il $8,187,586
Mckin Superfund Site Bath Iron Works (+75 others) 2001 Gray, Me $20,150,000
Davis Refining Corporation General Dynamics Ordance & Tactical Systems (+86 others) 2006 Tallahassee, Fl $2,542,381
Basf Corp. General Dynamics Land Systems Inc. (+20 others) 2003 Edgewater, Nj $2,000,000
Davis Refining Site (Referral) General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems (+221 others) 2007 Tallahassee, Fl $1,704,680
View all EPA violations data for General Dynamics Sources: EPA ECHO Enforcement Data

Advisory Committees

31 people on 21 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 Dynamics" that sat on federal advisory committees.

  • Agency
  • Representation
  • Toggle Department of Defense 14 people on 10 committees
  • Toggle Department of Transportation 7 people on 1 committee
  • Toggle Department of State 4 people on 1 committee
  • Toggle National Science Foundation 2 people on 3 committees
  • Toggle Department of Commerce 2 people on 3 committees
  • Toggle Department of Health and Human Services 1 person on 1 committee
  • Toggle National Archives and Records Administration 1 person on 1 committee
  • Toggle Department of Labor 1 person on 1 committee
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