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Alliant Techsystems

Provider of weapons and space systems for the military.

1300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22209

Employees: 17,000
CEO: Mark DeYoung
Stock Symbol: ATK

Website: http://www.atk.com

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ATK is a leading provider of advanced weapon and space systems. The company is the world's leading supplier of solid rocket motors and the nation's largest manufacturer of ammunition.

The company has three main businesses:

ATK Aerospace
ATK Aerospace is the world's top producer of solid rocket propulsion systems and a leading supplier of military and commercial aircraft structures. It also specializes in small and micro-satellites; satellite components and subsystems; lightweight space deployables and solar arrays; and low-cost, quick-to-market launch solutions; flares and decoys; and energetic materials and related technologies. The group also has extensive experience supporting human and space payload missions.

ATK Defense
An industry leader in ammunition, precision and strike weapons, missile warning solutions, and tactical rocket motors across air-, sea-, and land-based systems. The group is the largest U.S. producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems. The group is home to ATK's Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), next-generation GPS-guided mortar and artillery projectiles, Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS), AAR-47 missile warning system, fuzes and warheads, propulsion and controls for missile defense interceptors, weaponized special mission aircraft and advanced propulsion. The group also brings extensive experience and expertise in defense facility management and modernization.

ATK Sporting
ATK Sporting is the established market leader in sporting and law enforcement ammunition, tactical, and shooting accessories. The company serves sport shooting enthusiasts, law enforcement professionals, military and tactical markets worldwide. The group’s products include some of the most widely known and respected brands in the industry, including Federal Premium, CCI, Speer, RCBS, Alliant Powder, Champion, Weaver, Eagle Industries, and BLACKHAWK! Industries.

The company's sales by customers include:

U.S. Army : 30%
NASA: 13%
U.S. Air Force: 7%
U.S. Navy: 11%
Other U.S. government: 7%
Commercial/international: 32%

The company has more than 60 facilities in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally with representatives in more than 50 countries.

In fiscal 2012, Alliant reported $4.61 billion in revenues, a 4.6% decline, and $263.2 million in net income.

The company moved its headquarters from Minnesota to Virginia in 2011 to be closer to government and defense customers.


ATK was launched as an independent company in 1990, when Honeywell spun off its defense businesses to shareholders. The former Honeywell businesses had supplied defense products and systems to the U.S. and its allies for 50 years, including the first electronic autopilot that enabled B-17 aircraft to accomplish pinpoint bombing missions during World War II.

ATK expanded into the aerospace market with the acquisitions of Hercules Aerospace Company in 1995 and Thiokol Propulsion in 2001, which transformed the company into the world's largest supplier of solid propellant rocket motors and a leading provider of high-performance composite structures.

A series of other acquisitions and key contract wins have continued to increase the company's presence in the aerospace, defense, and commercial ammunition markets:

- 2000 - Selected to operate Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, the U.S. Government's only small-caliber ammunition manufacturing facility.
- 2001 - Acquired the commercial ammunition businesses of Blount International, which made ATK the nation's largest manufacturer of ammunition.
- 2002 - Acquired the ordnance business of Boeing, which brought together ATK's munitions portfolio with the products and capabilities of a leading military gun manufacturer.
- 2002 - Acquired the assets of Science and Applied Technology, Inc., which added critical precision seeker, guidance, and system-level expertise.
- 2003 - Acquired Composite Optics, Inc., which made ATK the world leader in composite space structures.
- 2003 - Acquired GASL and Micro Craft, which added leading-edge propulsion and airframe technologies for highly demanding aerospace and defense applications.
- 2004 - Acquired Mission Research Corporation, which enabled an advanced aerospace and defense technology pipeline spanning concept development to full-scale production.
- 2004 - Acquired the PSI Group, which strengthened ATK's space systems portfolio and positioned the company to capture emerging opportunities in spacecraft integration and satellite technology.
- 2007 - Acquired Swales Aerospace, adding enhanced systems engineering and engineering services to ATK's existing space launch, space exploration, small satellite, and spacecraft markets.


A choice of medical plans
Two dental plan options
401(k) - 100% match on first 3% contributed; 50% match on next 3%
Paid time off (PTO)
Flexible spending accounts
Basic life insurance
Dependent life insurance
Accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance
Short-term disability
Long-term disability
Long-term care insurance
Other benefit offerings - Tuition reimbursement, savings bonds

Updated July 4, 2012