By MANDY SMITHBERGER
The Pentagon just posted their list of the top contractors for fiscal year 2010 (in terms of contract dollars awarded). Comparing their rankings to last year, not much has changed:
|LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION||1||1|
|THE BOEING COMPANY||2||2|
|NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION||3||3|
|*GENERAL DYNAMICS CORPORATION||4||5|
|L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS INC.||7||7|
|UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION||8||6|
|BAE SYSTEMS PLC||9||8|
|* = Contractor on the rise!|
The top three contractors are still Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman, and the only newbie to the top 10 from last year is SAIC (which was number 11 last year). While not in the top 10, this year the government of Canada broke into the top 20 after being number 78 in 2009.
Of the top 10, Oshkosh Corporation is the only company that does not have any instances of misconduct in our contractor misconduct database. In addition to Oshkosh, SAIC Inc. also did not have any instances of misconduct from our 2010 data. Our database has a total of 21 instances for the top 10 contractors in 2010 (click on the contractor name to see their full misconduct profile):
|Contractor||Instances of Misconduct||Misconduct $ (in millions)|
|LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION||4
|THE BOEING COMPANY||5||$5.3|
|NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION||3||$18.4|
|GENERAL DYNAMICS CORPORATION||3||$15.3|
|L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS INC.||1||$0.3|
|UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION||1||$3|
|BAE SYSTEMS PLC||3||$507.4|
As the Pentagon considers efficiencies, one of the hot topics is the status of the industrial base, particularly whether there is insufficient competition, which makes it harder for the government to get a good price and may make it harder for them to hold contractors accountable for instances of waste, fraud, abuse, and other misconduct.
But POGO wants to know what our expert readers think about these numbers. Do they say anything about the state of competition in the industrial base? Should the top 10 mostly stay the same over time?
Mandy Smithberger is a POGO Investigator.