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Northrop Grumman Continues DTS Support

The Defense Travel System (DTS) is the on line system the Pentagon uses to manage travel. It is designed to aid the traveler in booking their flights, hotels and other arrangements. After the trip it then helps prepare their claim and file it. It is tied to their government credit card.

As can be imagined DTS is a large, complicated system processing 1,000’s of transactions a day. This all used to be done by hand and then after a scandal in the late Eighties when the costs to do this were calculated different, more automated systems were developed. Several years ago the Defense Department standardized on DTS.

Northrop Grumman (NOC) was just awarded a one year extension to their contract managing the system. The contract is valued at over $28 million and is the 15th year the company has worked with DTS.

DTS illustrates that the Pentagon spends a great deal of its budget on things like personnel, benefits and administrative costs. This is why the current plans to help reduce defense spending see reductions in the number of troops and changes to how healthcare and retirement are payed for.

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More E-2D Hawkeye LRIP Aircraft Ordered from Northrop Grumman (NOC)

Almost four years ago the U.S. Navy placed a contract for the initial advanced procurement and long lead items for their next generation carrier based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft, the E-2D Hawkeye. The E-2D manufactured by Northrop Grumman (NOC) is an evolution of the E-2C which has been in service since the late Seventies.

The E-2D offers an advanced radar, APY-9, that offers much improved performance over the radar of the E-2C. This includes the ability to detect smaller targets nearer the surface. Something that is becoming more critical due to the proliferation of small, fast anti-ship cruise missiles now used by even smaller threat nations such as Iran.

This week the Navy continued the program by awarding the third lot’s production contract. This $760 million effort pays for the five more of the aircraft as well as the long lead items for the fourth lot. With these two lots added to the first two there are well over a dozen E-2D in production now for the Navy.

The U.S. currently operates two primary AEW aircraft – the Hawkeye and the Air Force’s E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft based on the Boeing (BA) 707. The Air Force has consistently upgraded the E-3 while it has considered replacement with a variety of systems including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) such as the Global Hawk system also manufactured by Northrop. So far nothing has been brought forward into production.

The Navy has continued incremental improvements leading to the development and production of the E-2D which offers much improved performance over the E-2C on the same basic airframe and form. As long as the U.S. Navy continues to operate large deck aircraft carriers there will be a need for AEW aircraft and the E-2 should continue in service for several more years.

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General Dynamics Wins DHS IT Contract

After a lengthy protest and a new contest General Dynamics (GD) was able to win an IT support contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The company will support the building of the agency’s new headquarters and the move and integration of its employees into the facility.

Total value of the award could be up to $876 million as it also covers some time of dedicated support to the DHS. The original contract, though, won by Northrop Grumman (NOC) was much larger, lasting ten years and potentially worth over $2 billion.

After the award to Northrop late last year several of the losing bidders protested. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) upheld the protests and decided that a new contract should be awarded. This led to a new source selection process this spring with Northrop being the winner.

The new contract is much smaller as it was decided to de-scope the work and also eliminate many of the years of support after completion of the move. This means that in a few years there will be another contest to do that work and offers hope to Northrop that they can win that to counter the loss of the original contract.

The Federal Government stills has a hard time doing major IT work in-house and relies on large contracts such as this to carry out that work. There has been much discussion of the best way to move this work within the civil service but it has often foundered on how to integrate IT pay scales into the more rigid GS pay system. IT as illustrated does remain a significant contract cost for all parts of the Federal government as no matter what work they do from buying weapons to processing taxes they need IT support.

This area will remain a major market for the near future.

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Exostar to Deliver Enhanced Authentication to Supplier Portal for Northrop Grumman Corporation

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HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Northrop Grumman secures access to its OASIS supplier portal with a cloud-based, two-factor authentication solution from Exostar. Suppliers globally will require MLOA HW certs issued by Exostar’s FIS.



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Thinklogical Selected for US NAVY BAMS Program

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MILFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Northrop Grumman selects Thinklogical’s VelocityKVM Extension and VX Router Systems for Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Program Pilot Ground Stations.



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And the KC-X Winner is Boeing!!

The U.S. Defense Department and Air Force announced that Boeing (BA) has been selected to provide the new KC-X aerial tanker. The design submitted by EADS NA (EADS:P) was not chosen.

The new KC-46A will be based on Boeing’s 767 airliner design.

The Secretary of the Air Force, Mr. Michael Donley, stated that the decision was based on “mission effectiveness in wartime and life cycle costs as embodied in fuel efficiency and military construction costs”. This might be a hint that the larger KC-30 aircraft from EADS might have required more investment in new and bigger facilities then the smaller 767 tanker.

The contract has been very political with states that stand to gain thousands of jobs from the program using their Senators and Representatives to push for the respective bidders.

EADS does have the right to protest the decision as Boeing did in 2008 when the contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman (NOC) and EADS. They will have to wait until their debrief by the Air Force before making any decision about that.

Even an unsuccessful protest may delay the start of the program for several weeks and the Air Force plans on receiving the first 18 aircraft in 2017. The new KC-46A will replace Cold War era KC-135R tankers some of which have been flying for fifty years.

Cross posted at KC-X Tanker News.

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And the Winner is Boeing!

The U.S. Defense Department and Air Force announced that Boeing (BA) has been selected to provide the new KC-X aerial tanker. The design submitted by EADS NA (EADS:P) was not chosen.

The new KC-46A will be based on Boeing’s 767 airliner design.

The Secretary of the Air Force, Mr. Michael Donley, stated that the decision was based on “mission effectiveness in wartime and life cycle costs as embodied in fuel efficiency and military construction costs”. This might be a hint that the larger KC-30 aircraft from EADS might have required more investment in new and bigger facilities then the smaller 767 tanker.

The contract has been very political with states that stand to gain thousands of jobs from the program using their Senators and Representatives to push for the respective bidders.

EADS does have the right to protest the decision as Boeing did in 2008 when the contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman (NOC) and EADS. They will have to wait until their debrief by the Air Force before making any decision about that.

Even an unsuccessful protest may delay the start of the program for several weeks and the Air Force plans on receiving the first 18 aircraft in 2017. The new KC-46A will replace Cold War era KC-135R tankers some of which have been flying for fifty years.

Cross posted at Defense Procurement News.

CPI Aero Awarded $4 Million Order for E-2D Seats from Northrop Grumman Corporation

February 22, 2011 by · Comment
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EDGEWOOD, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE Amex: CVU) announced today it has received a purchase order to manufacture seats for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) valued at approximately $4 million. There are a total of five seats in three different designs in an E-2D; one for the pilot, one for the co-pilot and three seats for the crew members. The period of performance is through 2013 with first delivery scheduled



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KC-X Soon? Protest Coming

At a recent press availability during the Air Force Association’s winter conference the Secretary of the Air Force indicated that the KC-X new aerial tanker contract will be awarded as early as this week. Earlier rumors had it being done in the next month or so.

Mr. Donley also made it clear that there is a potential for a protest of the award by either Boeing (BA) or EADS NA (EADS:P) if they don’t win and that the Air Force and the Defense Department are prepared to deal with it.

This is the third attempt to award this contract with the last contest won by Northrop Grumman (NOC) and EADS in 2008 overturned on Boeing’s protest. Due to the size, importance and the conflicts between the U.S. contractor and its supporters and the European aerospace giant this may continue to be an messy, extended affair.

For now everyone must wait until the decision is announced which could occur as early as tomorrow after 5:00 Eastern.

BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman Team Submits Bid for an Affordable, High-Performing Ground Combat Vehicle Solution

January 21, 2011 by · Comment
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ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman team submitted a proposal for a U.S. Army Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) that emphasizes affordability, performance and future scalability. “Our proposal delivers an affordable, high-performing infantry fighting vehicle built from the ground-up that satisfies the needs of our soldiers today and has room for technological growth in the years ahead,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Ground Combat Vehicle at B



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Research and Markets: US Government Contractors: $540 Billion on Contracts Including $370 Billion for Defense from Companies Like Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman

November 29, 2010 by · Comment
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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/775c2e/government_contrac) has announced the addition of the “Government Contractors ” report to their offering. The US government in its fiscal year ended September 2009 spent about $540 billion on contracts to buy goods and services, including about $370 billion for defense-related items, from about 260,000 companies. Major federal contractors include Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Gr



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BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman Add iRobot to Ground Combat Vehicle Team

October 26, 2010 by · Comment
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ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman today announced they have added iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) to their Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) team in their bid for the U.S. Army’s GCV competition. “The addition of iRobot to our team strengthens and promotes the unmanned components of the GCV program,” said Mark Signorelli, BAE Systems vice president and general manager of Ground Combat Vehicle. “Collectively we bring the proven experience, the latest technology and cultures



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CSC Wins $50 Million Department of Defense Subcontract for Analytics Modernization

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FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CSC announced today that Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), of Los Angeles, Calif., awarded the company a subcontract to provide analytics modernization services to the Department of Defense.



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Realization to Host Project Flow 2010 Conference

Realization, a leader in project execution for MRO providers, will be hosting Project Flow 2010 Customer Conference in September. This is the world’s largest conference dedicated to Critical Chain project management.

The Conference will be in Chicago on the 7th and 8th of September. It will have presentations and discussions about utilizing project execution to aid the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure. Several case studies will be presented and information shared on how best to implement Critical Chain. Critical Chain has been adopted by many aviation MRO organizations who have achieved improvements in their cost and schedule performance.

At Project Flow, MRO professionals will share information and learn about how to best implement Critical Chain in their own organizations. This year’s conference will include aviation MRO case studies from Northrop Grumman, Tinker Air Force Base and Odgen Air Force Base.

More information may be found at the conference’s website, http://www.realization.com/PF2010.html.

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BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman Add Members to Ground Combat Vehicle Team

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ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman today announced additional members to their GCV team in their bid for the U.S. Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) competition. BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman GCV teammates include: QinetiQ North America Saft “We have built a team that has extensive experience and innovation in the development and production of combat systems and subsystems,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Ground Combat Vehicles at BAE Sy



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Northrop Grumman Announces Media Briefings At 2010 Farnborough International Airshow

Northrop Grumman Announces Media Briefings At 2010 Farnborough International Airshow
July 13, 2010

Northrop Grumman Corporation will participate in a series of media briefings during the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow. The company will highlight a wide variety of its programs and capabilities including unmanned aircraft system, defense electronics, logistics, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Specific information on each briefing is available from the listed media contacts below. Additional details of Northrop Grumman airshow activities can be found on the company's online media kit at http://www.northropgrumman.com/farnborough which contains regularly updated information, briefing schedules, news releases and program news. Requests for general information on the company's airshow activities should be directed to Ken Beedle, Director International Communications, Northrop Grumman, [email protected]

What: Northrop Grumman Media Briefings
When: See specific times below. All times local
Where: Northrop Grumman Media Centre (except as noted)
+44 (0) 125 241 3825

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Date Topic Speaker(s) Media Contact
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Mon. F-16 Relevant Tim Winter, VP, Katie Lamb-Heinz
July 19 Operational Global Sensor (847) 815-0755
10 a.m. Capability and Solutions, [email protected]
Affordable Northrop Grumman
Sustainment. This Electronic
briefing will Systems
explore the
challenges faced
by legacy F-16
fleets worldwide
and Northrop
Grumman's unique
role in preserving
operational
relevance and
logistical
sustainment over
the next 30 years.
Also discussed
will be how the
F-16 operates as
a `bridge to the
F-35' and the
advent of AESA
technology in the
fighter world.

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Mon. Unmanned Systems. Gene Fraser, Nathan Drevna
July 19 Northrop Grumman sector VP, (571) 286-8440
11 a.m. is the leader in Northrop Grumman [email protected]
unmanned systems Aerospace
- in the air, on Systems
the ground, on
the sea and under
the sea - and
will discuss new
developments in
its portfolio of
unmanned programs.

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Mon. RQ-4 / Global Ed Walby, Nathan Drevna
July 19 Hawk. Global Hawk director, (571) 286-8440
Noon recently logged Business [email protected]
its 42,000th Development,
flight hour of High Altitude,
which more than Long-Endurance
32,000 hours were Systems,
flown in combat Northrop Grumman
with 95 percent Aerospace
mission effective- Systems
ness, providing
customers with
real-time,
persistent,
reliable and
flexible intell-
igence, survei-
llance and recon-
naissance. This
overview will
cover these and
other recent
developments.

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Tue. F-5 Worldwide Richard Raiford, Dave Apt
July 20 Sustainment Team. director, Market (703) 508-6466
10 a.m. Northrop Grumman Development, [email protected]
and teammates Northrop Grumman
RUAG Aviation and Technical
Astronautics will Services
summarize their
recently announced Walter Paukner,
"Ultimate Tiger general manager,
Team" approach to Jets & Missiles,
providing global RUAG Aviation
sustainment for
F-5 aircraft. Daniel Wade,
vice president,
Business
Development,
Astronautics

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Tue. Fire Scout Mike Fuqua, Nathan Drevna
July 20 Overview and manager, (571) 286-8440
11 a.m. Program Update. Business [email protected]
An update on the Development,
U.S. Navy's MQ-8B MQ-8B Fire Scout
Fire Scout Program,
Vertical Takeoff Northrop Grumman
and Landing Aerospace
Tactical UAV Systems
system, which is
nearing
operational
evaluation.

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Wed. Euro Hawk(R) - Jim Kohn, Nathan Drevna
July 21 After completing Euro Hawk(R) (571) 286-8440
10 a.m. its first flight program director, [email protected]
on June 29, 2010, Northrop Grumman
the Euro Hawk(R)
will begin flight
tests at Edwards
Air Force Base.
Following its
ferry flight to
Germany early
next year and full
system testing
with the EADS
mission system,
Euro Hawk(R) will
provide the German
armed forces with
a state-of-
the-art,
high-altitude,
long-endurance
signals
intelligence
(SIGINT) system.
This briefing will
provide the
details of the
first flight, the
upcoming testing
at Edwards, and
an overview of
the Euro Hawk(R)
program.

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Wed. DIRCM Transmitter Steve Mogford, Katie Lamb-Heinz
July 21 Presentation to CEO, SELEX (847) 815-0755
2:30 p.m. the Royal Air Galileo [email protected]
Force (RAF) Museum
Chalet SELEX Galileo and Jim Pitts,
1430 Northrop Grumman president,
Finme- will present Peter Northrop Grumman
ccanica Dye, Director Electronic
General of the RAF Systems
Museum, with a
DIRCM transmitter
previously flown
on a RAF aircraft
to mark the 15th
anniversary of the
U.K. Ministry of
Defence develop-
ment contract
undertaken by the
two companies to
develop and
produce the first
ever, life-saving
infrared
countermeasures
technology widely
used on RAF
aircraft in combat
today. During this
presentation an
announcement will
also be made
concerning the
SELEX Galileo /
Northrop Grumman
team's new
development
program taking
aircraft self-
protection
equipment to the
next generation.

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Northrop Grumman Announces Media Briefings at 2010 Farnborough International Airshow

Northrop Grumman Announces Media Briefings at 2010 Farnborough International Airshow
July 6, 2010

Northrop Grumman Corporation will participate in a series of media briefings during the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow. The company will have a wide variety of its programs and capabilities on display including unmanned systems, cybersecurity, defense electronics, logistics, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

What: Northrop Grumman Media Briefings
When: See specific times below. All times local
Where: Northrop Grumman Corporation Media Centre (except as noted)

Date Topic Speaker(s) Media Contact
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Mon. July 19 F-16 Relevant Operational Charles J. Katie Lamb-Heinz
10 a.m. Capability and Affordable Brinkman, VP (847) 815-0755
Sustainment. This and general [email protected]
briefing will explore the manager, com
challenges faced by Northrop
legacy F-16 fleets Grumman
worldwide and Northrop Electronic
Grumman's unique role in Systems,
preserving operational Targeting
relevance and logistical Systems
sustainment over the next Division
30 years. Also discussed
will be how the F-16
operates as a 'bridge to
the F-35' and the advent
of AESA technology in the
fighter world.

---------------------------------------------------------------------
Mon. July 19 Unmanned Systems. Gene Fraser, Nathan Drevna
11 a.m. Northrop Grumman is the sector VP, (571) 286-8440
leader in unmanned Northrop [email protected]
systems - in the air, on Grumman ngc.com
the ground, on the sea Aerospace
and under the sea - and Systems
will discuss new
developments in its
portfolio of unmanned
programs.

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Mon. July 19 RQ-4 / Global Hawk. Ed Walby, Nathan Drevna
Noon Global Hawk recently director, (571) 286-8440
logged its 42,000th Business [email protected]
flight hour of which more Development, ngc.com
than 32,000 hours were High
flown in combat with 95 Altitude,
percent mission Long-
effectiveness, providing Endurance
customers with real-time, Systems,
persistent, reliable and Northrop
flexible intelligence, Grumman
surveillance and Aerospace
reconnaissance. This Systems
overview will cover these
and other recent
developments.

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Tue. July 20 F-5 Worldwide Sustainment Richard Dave Apt
10 a.m. Team. Northrop Grumman Raiford, (703) 508-6466
and teammates RUAG director, [email protected]
Aviation and Astronautics Market
will summarize their Development,
recently announced Northrop
"Ultimate Tiger Team" Grumman
approach to providing Technical
global sustainment for Services
F-5 aircraft.
Walter
Paukner,
general
manager,
Jets &
Missiles,
RUAG Aviation

Daniel Wade,
vice
president,
Business
Development,
Astronautics

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Tue. July 20 Fire Scout Overview and Mike Fuqua, Nathan Drevna
11 a.m. Program Update. An update manager, (571) 286-8440
on the U.S. Navy's Business [email protected]
MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Development, ngc.com
Takeoff and Landing MQ-8B Fire
Tactical UAV system, Scout
which is nearing Program,
operational evaluation. Northrop
Grumman
Aerospace
Systems

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Wed. July 21 DIRCM Transmitter Steve Katie Lamb-Heinz
2:30 p.m. Presentation to the Royal Mogford, (847) 815-0755
Air Force (RAF) Museum. CEO, SELEX [email protected]
SELEX Galileo and Galileo com
Chalet 1430 Northrop Grumman will
Finmeccanica present Peter Dye, Jim Pitts,
Director General of the corporate
RAF Museum, with a DIRCM vice
transmitter previously president and
flown on an RAF aircraft president,
to mark the 15th Northrop
anniversary of the U.K. Grumman
Ministry of Defence Electronic
development contract Systems
undertaken by the two
companies to develop and
produce the first ever,
life-saving infrared
countermeasures
technology widely used on
RAF aircraft in combat
today. During this
presentation an
announcement will also be
made concerning the SELEX
Galileo / Northrop Grumman
team's new development
program taking aircraft
self-protection equipment
to the next generation.
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More Global Hawks For The Air Force And Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Air Force announced that it has awarded two contracts to Northrop Grumman (NOC) to continue production and development of the strategic Global Hawk UAV. The combined value of the contracts is worth almost $600 million. The Global Hawk flies long range missions autonomously and collects signals, communications and other type of intelligence.

The contracts call for continued production of four more systems. Two each of the Block 30 and 40 designs were ordered. The second contract will pay for two payload packages called airborne signals intelligence payloads (ASIP) and upgrade kits for three more ASIP.

The company also announced that it had received $30 million to purchase long lead items for these systems.

Global Hawks have been flying since before 9/11 and have carried out missions across South West Asia in support of U.S. operations there. The U.S. Navy and Australia are also looking at the system.

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Rockwell Collins To Build New Training System For E-2D

The Navy is introducing an upgraded version of their E-2 radar plane. The E-2D is made by Northrop Grumman and is the latest version of the aircraft that has been in service since the 1970’s. It offers improved radar and command and control capabilities over the E-2C currently being used.

As part of this new system going into use the Navy contracted with Rockwell Collins to build the integrated maintenance training system. This four year contract is worth over $60 million. Rockwell will design and build maintenance simulators as well as course material and a computer delivery system. The contract also includes support for these systems once they are delivered.

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Newly Private TASC Wins Army Intelligence Support Contractor

TASC, formerly the SETA arm of Northrop Grumman (NOC), before it was sold to a private equity firm last year was awarded a contract to provide support to the Army Military Intelligence Community. The contract has one base year and four option years and could be worth as much as $26 million.

Northrop decided to sell TASC due to the potential for Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) when it was preparing to bid on large procurement programs. The Air Force had raised issues with previous satellite contracts and Northrop decided that this was the easiest path for them.

TASC will support all aspects of the command including budget and policy as well as providing tools for analysis. The work will help the Army design and execute their force structure and intelligence assets.

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The UAV Market Is Good for Northrop, But Expanding Drone Missions Poses Challenges

May 6, 2010 by · Comment
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Northrop Grumman’s most recent results were buoyed by the sale of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The continue investment of the U.S. military in these systems will aid companies like Northrop and…

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The UAV Market Is Good for Northrop, But Expanding Drone Missions Poses Challenges

May 5, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Northrop Grumman’s most recent results were buoyed by the sale of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The continue investment of the U.S. military…

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Analysis: EADS Participating In KC-X Contest

This is an article I wrote at BNET: Government about EADS decision to submit a proposal.

“The decade-long saga to replace the KC-X aerial tanker contract begins a new chapter. The European aerospace giant EADS (EADS: P) and Airbus, its subsidiary, announced that it will definitely submit a contract proposal to the Air Force. The program will replace the aging Cold War KC-135 tankers (pictured).

Boeing (BA) thought it had won the contract for at least 179 new aircraft earlier this year when Northrop Grumman (NOC) who had bid in partnership with EADS withdrew from the bidding. Then, earlier this month, the Pentagon agreed to extend the deadline, at EADS’ request, to allow it time to submit a new bid.”

Read the rest at BNET.

Northrop Grumman Names Lawrence J. Lanzillotta Acting Head of Its Washington Office

Northrop Grumman Names Lawrence J. Lanzillotta Acting Head of Its Washington Office
April 19, 2010

LOS ANGELES –– Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Lawrence J. "Larry" Lanzillotta, vice president and acting head of its Washington Office effective immediately, reporting to Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman chief executive officer and president. Lanzillotta replaces Robert W. "Bob" Helm, who has elected to retire from the company.

"I would like to thank Bob Helm for his many contributions to Northrop Grumman over his 21 years of service," Bush said. "Bob played
a key role as head of the corporation's Washington Office as the company experienced a period of rapid expansion and subsequent
integration, and successfully transitioned to a global security company. Larry Lanzillotta's experience in both the U.S. Government and
Northrop Grumman Washington operations will serve us well as we move forward."

Lanzillotta will serve in an acting capacity until decisions are made regarding the future leadership of the corporation's Washington Office.

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Northrop Grumman Honored by NaVOBA as One of the 10 Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Northrop Grumman Honored by NaVOBA as One of the 10 Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses
April 15, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. - April 15, 2010 - The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) has honored Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) in its April issue Vetrepreneur magazine of as one of its 10 Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses for 2010.

"Northrop Grumman is honored to be named one of the Best 10 Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses. This recognition is an acknowledgement that our focus on creating a competitive advantage by partnering with diverse, technologically superior and agile suppliers is a winning proposition for Northrop Grumman and veteran-owned businesses," said Susan Cote, vice president, corporate contracts, pricing and supply chain. "More importantly, it proves our assertion that a diverse supplier base is more than good business – it is a business imperative."

Many of Northrop Grumman's long term suppliers are veteran-owned businesses. The corporation believes that as a result of military service, veterans understand the importance of producing technologically advanced high-quality products and are uniquely attuned to our requirements.

In fiscal year 2009, Northrop Grumman subcontracted over $636 million with veteran-owned businesses, which equates to 6.6% of the value of the company's total subcontracts. Of this total, $148 million, or 1.5% of the value of the company's total subcontracts, were let to service-disabled veteran owned businesses.

"The military teaches leadership, teamwork, integrity, resolve and ingenuity," said NaVOBA President Chris Hale. "These intangibles are also the most important ingredients for success in running a business – which is why corporate America is so eager to partner with veteran-owned suppliers. The ten corporations we honored today just happen to be the best."

There are currently three million veteran-owned businesses in the United States. NaVOBA encourages business partnerships between corporate America, the government and veteran-owned businesses. NaVOBA serves to unite veteran-owned businesses by acting as the national voice for the veteran business movement.

Northrop Grumman has been recognized for its veteran business relationships including a Corporate Achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Veterans Enterprise in 2008 and the Veteran Business Journal's List of the Best Companies for Veteran Owned Businesses in 2006.

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