8 of 10 largest contractors have sizable operations in San Diego

WashingtonTechnology, the authoritative online magazine that monitors government contracts, has just released its list of the 100 biggest government contractors (complete list). Eight of the top 10 contractors have sizable operations in San Diego County, ranging from General Dynamics, which runs the NASSCO shipyard, to Lockheed Martin, which specializes in military electronics. The two top-10 companies that don't have big operations here are KBR and Hewlett Packard.

Most of these companies are have large operations here because of the presence of the military and defense industry. Most of the companies are growing, including Lockheed Martin, which is expanding from 617 employees to more than 800 workers.

Annual contracts of the 10 largest contractors
Lockheed Martin $17.3 billion
Northrop Grumman $10.8 billion
Boeing Co. $8.4 billion
Raytheon $6.2 billion
General Dynamics $5.5 billion
SAIC $5.2 billion
Hewlett-Packard $3.8 billion
L-3 Communications $3.8 billion
Booz-Allen Hamilton $3.7 billion
KBR $3.5 billion

By Gary Robbins
6:08 p.m., May 31, 2011