When Biden And Ryan Talk Sequestration Tonight They're Talking About These Companies

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Whether you’ve heard about it or not, sequestration is a big deal to a lot of people and is directly tied to the economy.When the subcommittee failed to agree on $1.2 trillion in budget cuts last November, it agreed that much of the cuts would come from defence.

Those cuts are slated to arrive Jan 1, 2013.

No other solutions have been offered, and the Pentagon looks to face drastic cuts in the New Year.

Whether sequestration falls remains to be seen, but these are the 25 largest defence companies in America that may feel those cuts the most.

The data is by SIPRI based on numbers from 2010 and rank in terms of sales.

#25 CACI International

Arms sales: $2.3 billion

Total profit: $107 million

Employees: 13,100 people

While CACI International doesn't make weapons, they supply the U.S. Army with an information lifeline.

The TROJAN satellite communication systems provide the Army with a global network of shared mission-critical intelligence.

Source: SIPRI

#24 Goodrich

Arms sales: $2.2 billion

Total profit: $579 million

Employees: 16,300 people

Goodrich is yet another company to get a piece of the F-35 Lightning II cake. They work on the fighter aircraft's landing system.

The U.S. Air Force trusts Goodrich with making their ejection seat of choice, the ACES II. It is most widely used ejection seat today and is credited with saving more than 600 lives.

#23 DynCorp International

Arms sales: $2.4 billion

Total profit: $9 million

Employees: 23,000 people

DynCorp International provides logistical support to the U.S. government defence programs.

In Afghanistan, they are engaged in removing and destroying landmines and light weapons.

They are also involved with supporting air operations and have big contracts with the Department of defence to maintain rotary and fixed-wing aircraft for all U.S. military branches.

Source: SIPRI

#22 Navistar defence

Arms sales: $2.4 billion

Total profit: $223 million

Employees: 18,700 people

Navistar defence is all about military-strength trucks and engines.

Their MaxxPro (Maximum Protection) product line includes MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protection) vehicles used by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army. The ambush-protected vehicle has a V-shaped hull to deflect IED blasts away from the troops inside.

#21 ManTech

Arms sales: $2.5 billion

Total profit: $125 million

Employees: 10,100 people

ManTech serves the United States government's advanced technological needs, from maintaining military surveillance systems to detecting incoming attacks on bases. They're a leading provider of C41SR technology.

The company started off in 1968 by developing the U.S. Navy's war-gaming models.

#20 Hewlett-Packard

Arms sales: $2.6 billion

Total profit: $8.7 billion

Employees: 324,600 people

They do more than office supplies and printers.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is the creator of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet which connects more than 700,000 military and civilian employee accounts, facilitating secure defence communications.

It's network size is second only to the Internet itself.

#19 Textron

Arms sales: $2.7 billion

Total profit: $86 million

Employees: 32,000 people

Textron owns a number of successful brands, such as Bell Helicopters, Cessna Aircraft Company, and Textron Systems, known for drones and armoured vehicles.

They are the makers of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, which the U.S. Army uses in Afghanistan for armed reconnaissance and light air combat missions. It replaced the AH-Cobra attack helicopter as a scout aircraft for air cavalry troops. Two Kiowa Warriors can fit inside a C-130.

#18 Rockwell Collins

Arms sales: $2.9 billion

Total profit: $561 million

Employees: 20,000 people

Rockwell Collins focuses on navigation, communications, and aviation electronics - anything from a helmet-mounted device to a flight deck display on the colossal C-130 tanker transport aircraft.

As a big customer, the U.S. Army uses the defence Advanced GPS Receiver, a handheld navigational device for soldiers in the field.

#17 ATK

Arms sales: $2.9 billion

Total profit: $313 million

Employees: 15,000 people

Known as ATK, this defence company is the largest provider of ammunition to the U.S. military and its allies.

From the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri, ATK can produce up to 1.4 billion rounds of small-calibre ammunition per year.

The U.S. Navy has chosen ATK to develop their Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM).

#16 URS

Arms sales: $3 billion

Total profit: $288 million

Employees: 47,000 people

URS is a world leader in the disposal of weapons of mass destruction.

They partner with Raytheon (#5) in the Joint, Test, Tactics, and Training (JT3) program which supports the testing and training for weapons systems such as the F-35 Lightning we keep mentioning

URS also oversees the U.S. military's Basic Combat Skills Training Course, and are responsible for training aviators from the Army, Air Force, NATO and more than 30 other U.S. allies.

You'll be seeing much more of URS around the world, as they're also behind the design of all future U.S. embassies.

#15 KBR

Arms sales: $3.3 billion

Total profit: $327 million

Employees: 35,000 people

KBR's defence portfolio focuses on base operations support and maintenance services to military facilities and equipment. The U.S. Navy had KBR lead recovery and repair efforts after Hurricane Ivan destroyed parts of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, in September 2004.

They're also involved in homeland security, providing systems to help secure borders.

#14 ITT Exelis

Arms sales: $4 billion

Total profit: $654 million

Employees: 40,000 people

The corporation's defence branch is called Exelis and is currently partnered with Boeing in a competition to develop the U.S. military's Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) array transmitter technology.

The NGJ program aims to give U.S. troops total dominance of the electronic battlefield with the ability to disable enemy communications and radars.

The company also develops the Joint Tactical Radio System's Bowman Waveform, which allows U.S. forces to communicate securely with U.K. troops.

#13 Pratt & Whitney

Arms sales: $4 billion

Total profit: Contributed to parent company United Technologies' $4.7 billion

Employees: 35,000 people

Pratt & Whitney produces military engines and is responsible for the F135 engine in Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II strike fighter plane, which is slated to be the Allied fighter of the 21st century.

The company also has engines in the F-22 Raptor, the C-17 Globemaster III, the B-52, and the EA-6B Prowler among other aircrafts. Their impressive client list includes 27 armed forces around the world.

#12 General Electric

Arms sales: $4.3 billion

Total profit: $11.6 billion

Employees: 287,000 people

General Electric makes electronic warfare its business. The company's defence program is focusing on military communications systems that meet the modern threat of hacking and network sabotage.

They also design products that protect both military systems and the people operating them. The IPS5100 can be used in armoured vehicles to give troops 360° situational awareness with the help of panoramic imagery that can be manipulated by touch screen, joystick and game-style controller. Operators can 'interact' with the imagery and have eyes on the theatre of operation while staying protected in-vehicle.

#11 Honeywell

Arms sales: $5.4 billion

Total profit: $2 billion

Employees: 130,000 people

Honeywell's military arm supplies engine parts for anything from the Abrams M1 Main Battle Tank (General Dynamics) and the CH-47 Chinook (Boeing) helicopter, to weapons systems designed by other defence companies that made this list.

Name any U.S. Air Force aircraft, and you will likely find Honeywell products within its engineering.

Honeywell also comes up with covert solutions for guided weapons when relying on GPS is out of the question. Bottom line is: they make military stuff work.

#10 Computer Sciences Corp

Arms sales: $6 billion

Total profit: $759 million

Employees: 91,000 people

With a focus on technology-based solutions, the CSC's aerospace and defence sector is booming. Among its portfolios, it is responsible for training and simulation services for the U.S. military.

In January this year, the U.S. Navy awarded CSC a $60 million dollar task order to instruct naval aviation simulator training programs.

The U.S. Army has previously used CSC for designing battlefield simulations to help improve survivability by training soldiers and medics to save lives while under fire.

#9 Oshkosh

Arms sales: $7 billion

Total profit: $790 million

Employees: 12,400 people

Oshkosh Truck's defence branch is responsible for delivering severe-duty tactical and armoured vehicles.

The U.S. Marine Corps recently placed a $94 million dollar order for more than 200 Oshkosh LVSR (Logistics Vehicle System Replacement) cargo trucks, the Corps' heavy-payload platform of choice since it first debuted in Afghanistan in 2009.


Arms sales: $8.2 billion

Total profit: $618 million

Employees: 43,400 people

SAIC's national security sector provides the Department of defence, the FBI and other U.S. government civil agencies with engineering systems and anti-terrorism technologies.

The SAIC Force Protection Suite, an integrated surveillance system, is used by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan to decide when and how to respond to enemy threat.

#7 United Technologies

Arms sales: $11.4 billion

Total profit: $4.7 billion

Employees: 208,220 people

United Technologies' military services business is most noted for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, manufactured by subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft.

The corporation also develops technology for aerospace and building industries.

#6 L-3 Communications

Arms sales: $13 billion

Total profit: $95.5 million

Employees: 63,000 people

The company's C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) solutions are used by all branches of the U.S. military.

L-3 Communications says their small manned airborne intelligence-gathering platform, aptly named SPYDR, is the most versatile and inescapable in the world. It casts a 'web' that captures mission-critical intelligence about its targets and delivers the information in real time.

#5 Raytheon

Arms sales: $23 billion

Total profit: $1.9 billion

Employees: 46,900 people

Raytheon's sectors of expertise are missiles and electronics.

Their intelligence and information systems are used by the Missile Defence Agency, NASA, the Department of defence and even the United Kingdom's Border Agency.

#4 General Dynamics

Arms sales: $24 billion

Total profit: $2.6 billion

Employees: 90,000 people

General Dynamics produces military vehicles such as the legendary Abrams M1 Main Battle Tank, as well as ships, munitions, and military-grade communication systems.

The company has also been awarded an $8 million dollar contract for work on U.S. Navy nuclear-powered attack submarines.

#3 Northrop Grumann

Arms sales: $28 billion

Total profit: $2 billion

Employees: 117,100 people

Northrop Grumann's areas of focus include drones and cyber security in support of its homeland security solutions.

They also develop CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives) detection systems in place around the U.S. to identify potential threats.

The corporation recently pledged to further deepen its commitment to hiring former service members, in partnership with President Obama's Joining Forces initiative to integrate more veterans into the civilian workforce.

#2 Boeing

Arms sales: $31.4 billion

Total profit: $2.9 billion

Employees: 160,500 people

The military arm of Boeing's business is most known for the Global Strike military aircraft program.

It supplies the U.S. military and other international forces with the likes of the AH-64D Apache combat helicopter, drones, missiles like the A160T Hummingbird, and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter.

The U.S. Air Force favours the F-15E Strike Eagle, which has a perfect air-to-air combat record so far with more than a hundred victories and no losses.

#1 Lockheed Martin

Arms sales: $35.7 billion

Total profit: $2.9 billion

Employees: 132,000 people

Lockheed Martin's main weapons system is the F-35 joint strike fighter, expected to become one of the world's largest military aircraft programs.

In expanding their F-35 program, Lockheed Martin opened a manufacturing facility in Pinellas Park, Florida, to develop parts for the F-35 Lightning II fighter.

Many of the products produced by these companies are available nowhere else in the world

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