Sure, we have a new name and a new logo. But, Leidos also has a long history of innovative problem-solving and customer service, dating all the way back to 1969 when Dr. J. Robert Beyster founded his "crazy little company." Today, Leidos is a global, 31,000-employee Fortune 500 enterprise committed to making the world safer, healthier, and more efficient.
Through the decades
1969: Founded on Feb. 3
J. Robert Beyster, Ph.D., along with a small group of committed scientists, founded the company that would evolve into Leidos.
1970: Posted first profits; won a new relationship
The new company posted a profit after its first year, much to its founder’s surprise, and established its first long-term client, the Defense Nuclear Agency. A study of radiation-based cancer therapy for the Los Alamos National Laboratory became the foundation for our health business. And, a new Washington D.C. office served customers in the federal government.
1972: Developed a formula for success: Close customer support
The Albuquerque office was established to support the Air Force Weapons Laboratory with work in electromagnetic phenomena and effects that would become the basis for our Physical Sciences Group. Meanwhile, the foundation for the company’s space business began with work in space and planetary sciences in Chicago, Tucson, and Huntsville, Alabama.
1976: Supported cruise missile advances
Cruise missile technology was among the era’s most significant developments in both strategic and tactical warfare. We provided technical support and management assistance to the Joint Cruise Missile Program Office of the Department of Defense.
1980 & 1981: Cleaned up major contamination sites
With support to the EPA and other government agencies, we played a key role in clean-up of both the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and the massively contaminated Love Canal chemical dump site.
1987: Helped design America's Cup winner
When the 12-meter yacht Stars and Stripes won back the America's Cup from Australia, it was a technological victory for the company. Our scientists and engineers worked for three years on the intricacies of yacht design and performance evaluation, contributing to major breakthroughs in hull and keel design.
1989: Worked to safeguard our skies
Changing markets and efforts to curtail government spending increased the need to keep a sharp competitive edge. Meanwhile, the company demonstrated the first luggage inspection machine to pass FAA-conducted tests after the tragic bombing of Pan American Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
1995: Expanded our search for cures
We were awarded a contract to operate the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) largest research center. The NCI contract focused 1,300 of our brightest minds on cancer and AIDS research.
1996: Made a bold, strategic acquisition
The company’s entrepreneurial spirit and small-company flexibility kept us at the forefront of new technology. We acquired domain name registrar Network Solutions and became one of the largest providers of Internet and e-commerce services.
1999: Celebrated 30 years of growth
We celebrated our 30th anniversary by announcing a 53% growth in revenue and a 78% increase in net earnings over the previous year. We ranked #347 on the FORTUNE 500® list of the largest U.S. companies and were the country’s largest employee-owned research and engineering firm.
2003: Wished Dr. Beyster well in retirement
Company founder Dr. J Robert Beyster retired after 34 years with the company. Ken Dahlberg succeeded as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. In the same year, we were honored by NASA for providing safety, reliability, and QA services for the space shuttle, International Space Station, and emerging programs.
2006: Went public
In October 2006, an initial public offering of 86,250,000 shares of common stock raised $1.245 billion in capital for the company.
2013: Formally split into Leidos and SAIC
The company officially split into Leidos, a $7 billion solutions-focused business, and SAIC, a $4 billion services business.
2016: Combined with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction
Leidos expanded to 33,000 employees across locations in 30 countries. The company reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended Jan. 1, 2016.
2017: Re-entered the Fortune 500
Leidos regained a place in the Fortune 500 for the first time since 2014. The company had the fourth-highest jump of all companies on the list, coming in at No. 381. Leidos is positioned well for the future, thanks to the 2016 IS&GS transaction and several major programs, such as MHS Genesis, Global Information Grid Services Management Operation (GSM-O), the U.K.'s Logistics Commodities & Services Transformation (LCST), and the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC).
Learn more about our founder
Almost 50 years ago, visionary scientist J. Robert Beyster, Ph.D. founded the company that evolved into Leidos.Read about Dr. Beyster's life