Our Ethos

General Dynamics’ ethos is our distinguishing moral nature. Our employees are a community of people dedicated to this ethos. Each of us has an obligation to behave according to our values. In that way, we can ensure that we continue to be good stewards of the investments in us by our shareholders, customers, employees and communities, now and in the future. Our ethos is rooted in five values:


We tell each other the truth both inside and outside the company. Honesty breeds transparency.


We trust each other to do the right thing.


We are compassionate and empathetic. We respect the dignity, rights and autonomy of others.


We are united in our commitment to our values.

Value Creation

We create value by doing the right thing for our shareholders, our customers, our employees and our communities.

Our Values at Work

These values drive how we operate our business. We relentlessly pursue operating excellence by innovating, improving our processes and reducing waste. We believe in being wise stewards of capital and resources, as informed by our values.

These values govern how we interact with each other and our customers, partners and suppliers. Honesty, trust, humanity, alignment and value creation require that we be forthright about our mistakes and that we strive to correct them. We seek partners and suppliers who adhere to these values in their businesses and we hold them to that standard.

These values guide the way that we treat our workforce. We believe we have a responsibility for the health and safety of our employees. We treat all of our employees with dignity and respect and provide them with fair compensation and equal employment opportunity. We stand behind basic universal human rights, including that employment must be voluntary. We oppose human trafficking in all forms.

These values determine how we connect with our communities. We believe that we have a responsibility to be good corporate citizens and we believe in sustainable business practices, which include supporting the environment and the communities in which we work.

We remind ourselves often of who we are and what we do.
Our ethos undergirds our culture, our business model and our daily interactions.