An artist’s rendering shows a B-1B bomber firing a high-energy laser weapon called Hellads. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is helping the Pentagon develop the weapon

An artist’s rendering shows a B-1B bomber firing a high-energy laser weapon called Hellads. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is helping the Pentagon develop the weapon

GENERAL ATOMICS AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS INC.

CEO: Neal Blue.

Financial information: Undisclosed.

No. of local employees: 5,100.

Investors: Owned by the Blue family and an affiliate of General Atomics.

Headquarters: Poway.

Year founded: 1993.

Company description: Primarily a maker of unmanned military aircraft and their sensors.

Key factors for success: Strong background in cutting-edge physics, long relationship with the Pentagon as a defense contractor.

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