Special Report

30 Companies Getting the Most From the Government

Samuel Stebbins, Evan Comen, Charles Stockdale

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25. CACI International Inc.
> Contracts won in 2016: $2.27 billion
> Largest customers: Army, Navy, General Services Administration
> Revenue: 93.5% & $4.35 billion
> Headquarters: Arlington, VA

Information technology giant CACI receives almost all of its business from the U.S. government. In CACI’s latest fiscal year, government contracts accounted for 93.5% of the company’s total revenue. The company won the largest contract in its 55-year history last fiscal year. The five-year, $1.77 billion contract will fund work on the federal government’s Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization, a program that develops technology aimed at countering car bombs, roadside bombs, and other improvised explosives. The work has been instrumental in Iraq, where CACI has provided a range of information technology and intelligence services for over a decade. Since the United States entered Iraq in 2003, CACI has largely grown through a combination of acquisitions and increased contract work. CACI reported $4.35 billion in revenue last fiscal year, more than five times the revenue reported in 2003.

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24. Honeywell International Inc.
> Contracts won in 2016: $2.27 billion
> Largest customers: Department of Energy, Army, Defense Logistics
> Revenue: $40.53 billion
> Headquarters: Morris Plains, NJ

Industrial conglomerate Honeywell International’s revenue from the U.S. government totaled $2.3 billion in 2016. Still, government dollars account for a relatively small share of the company’s overall revenue. Honeywell reported $40.5 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year, nearly 18 times more than the value of its government contracts in 2016.

The majority of the companies making the most from the government are defense contractors, and much of Honeywell’s business is also in defense. Two of the company’s three largest buyers in the government are the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army. The company’s products include avionics and cockpit electronic equipment, navigation tools, engines, and sensors.

Source: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michelle Reif / defense.gov

23. Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office
> Contracts won in 2016: $2.28 billion
> Largest customers: Navy, Defense Logistics
> Revenue: $93.39 billion (Boeing), $14.20 billion (Textron)
> Headquarters: Amarillo, TX

The Bell and Boeing joint company has been receiving government contracts since both companies were awarded in 1983 a contract to jointly develop the V-22 Osprey combat aircraft. The partnership between Boeing and Bell Helicopter exists solely to develop and produce the aircraft. In 2016, the company received $2.28 billion in government contracts. At the beginning of 2018, Bell and Boeing won a $23.3 million federal contract from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to continue working on the aircraft.

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22. Alliant Techsystems Inc.
> Contracts won in 2016: $2.36 billion
> Largest customers: NASA, Army, Navy
> Revenue: $4.50 billion
> Headquarters: Dulles, VA

Government contracts account for over half of Alliant Techsystems Inc. annual revenue. Like most companies on this list, Alliant is a defense contractor, and the Defense Department accounts for more of the company’s revenue than any other government agency. The company manufactures and sells a range of large, medium, and small caliber ammunition, in addition to propulsion systems for air, land, and sea-based missiles and missile defense systems. In addition to munitions systems, the company also produces spacecraft and spacecraft components and has contracts with NASA to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.

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21. Los Alamos National Security LLC
> Contracts won in 2016: $2.45 billion
> Largest customers: Department of Energy
> Revenue: N/A
> Headquarters: Los Alamos, NM

Los Alamos National Security, LLC was formed by the University of California, Bechtel, BWXT Government Group, Inc., and URS, a subsidiary of AECOM. The company manages and operates the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which has the stated mission “to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence.” The lab was originally created to develop the atomic bomb during the second World War. Today the laboratory researches national security solutions using “multidisciplinary science, technology and engineering,” according to its website. Last year, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced that the company would be losing its $2.2 billion contract to manage the lab due to oversight issues and recent safety concerns.