Follow the money


Interested in working for a defense contractor, but don’t know where to start? Want to find out what defense contracting companies are located near you? You are in luck. The federal government has websites to help transitioning service members find out what companies are winning defense contracts, and how much those contracts are worth.

The Federal Procurement Data System Next Generation (FPDS-NG) is now the official site for all federal procurement data and reports. The FPDS-NG site requires registration for a user account, and is free to the public (https://www.fpds.gov ).

USASpending.gov (http://www.usaspending.gov) also contains current Department of Defense (DoD) procurement data, and should be the starting point for your research. The site lists defense contractors by location, company name, product provided, and service provided; and it lists the top 100 contractors and their subsidiaries.

The site was launched as part of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006. That law requires a free, searchable web site, accessible to the public, showing, for each federal award:
* the name of the entity receiving the award
* the amount of the award
* information on the award, including transaction type, funding agency, etc
* the location of the entity receiving the award
* a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award

 

The top 10 Department of Defense Contractors in Fiscal Year 2010 (October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010; FY 2010 is the most recent year updated at www.usaspending.gov.)

1. Lockheed Martin Corporation - $22,765,531,127

2. The Boeing Company – $14,531,992,254

3. General Dynamics Corporation - $12,738,421,662

4. Raytheon Company – $12,408,907,129

5. Northrop Grumman Corporation - $11,963,772,283

6. L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. - $5,966,681,594

7. Oshkosh Corporation – $5,916,763,113

8. United Technologies Corporation - $5,505,970,552

9. BAE Systems PLC – $4,753,610,294

10. SAIC, Inc. - $3,880,490,135

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers