NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP.
CEO: Wes Bush.
Revenue: $34.8 billion in 2010; $33.8 billion in 2009.
Net income: $2.05 billion in 2010; $1.69 billion in 2009.
No. of local employees: 4,250.
Headquarters: Los Angeles.
Year founded: 1939, as Northrop Aircraft Co.
Stock symbol and exchange: NOC on the New York Stock Exchange.
Company description: Defense contractor specializing in aerospace, electronics, information systems and technical services.
Key factors for success: Access to resources as a Fortune 100 corporation; acquisition of unmanned aircraft builder Teledyne Ryan in 1999.
GENERAL ATOMICS AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS INC.
CEO: Neal Blue.
No. of local employees: 5,000.
Investors: Owned by the Blue family and an affiliate of General Atomics.
Year founded: 1993.
Company description: Maker of unmanned aircraft and sensors.
Key factors for success: Private ownership, which makes the company flexible and discreet; it has an ability to predict what the customer will want.
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