Top technology company
Overall rank: 2
2009 revenue: $24.9 billion
Raytheon is a global business "with a lot of moving parts," says chief executive William H. Swanson, which could make it difficult to navigate an unpredictable economic terrain.
But the company, which relies on about two-thirds of it business from the US Department of Defense, was able to thrive in 2009. The company was able to grow was its international business, and diversify its offerings. Raytheon now has six businesses, each of which brought in at least $3 billion in 2009.