As Northrop Grumman celebrates the recent completion of more than 60 years of sustainment and modernization work for the nation’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)—and continues maturation of an offering on the next-generation Ground-based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program—the company works to continue its investment in the local workforce and geographic footprint in Northern Utah.
Northrop Grumman has had a robust regional presence in Northern Utah since 1968, allowing the company to partner directly with its ICBM customer to ensure 24/7 mission availability, reliability, readiness and affordability for one of the country’s most vital deterrent programs. The company’s facilities in Clearfield, Ogden, Salt Lake City and Hill Air Force Base (AFB) each continue to contribute to the thriving Northern Utah community in a variety of ways, in support of fueling a robust economy and strong pipeline of future talent needed to support these, and other future mission-critical programs.
Local Northrop Grumman leadership recently met with representatives from the Utah Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB’s First Sergeant’s Operation Warmheart, and Utah State University’s Society of Women Engineers group to present charitable contributions to each organization in support of their missions and needs. These three organizations support local science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related efforts; service members and their families; and women in engineering—all causes Northrop Grumman considers to be of vital importance and top priority for the company.
“As a company, we need to invest in and partner with the communities in which we live and work, if we are going to continue to be successful in delivering top program performance for our customers now and in the future,” said Chris Jones, corporate vice president and sector president, Northrop Grumman Technology Services. “The people and businesses of Northern Utah have been a part of our extended company ‘family’ for almost 50 years. Each of these organizations supports a cause of high importance to Northrop Grumman.”
Northrop Grumman engineers and other technical experts also donated their time to the Northern Utah STEM Expo in Layton, Utah in early November, where they met with more than 3,000 students, educators and parents of local middle and high school students to emphasize the exciting opportunities available to them in STEM-related career fields, and provide guidance on educational pathways for a career in STEM industries. Through the STEM Expo, students gained exposure to Northrop Grumman’s innovative systems, products and solutions in manned and autonomous systems, cyber, command and control, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Hands-on demonstrations of virtual reality training systems and next-generation engineering drawing tools were also presented.
Recently, the company sponsored the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Symposium in Provo Utah. Aimed at connecting local businesses with prime contracting agencies, the GOED PTAC symposium provided a forum for Northrop Grumman to foster relationships with local suppliers and identify potential partnerships for future work in the region.
“These activities are just a few examples of Northrop Grumman’s continued commitment to investments in Northern Utah, in support of the mission-critical support we provide for our local customers,” said John Parker, vice president and general manager, global logistics and modernization, Northrop Grumman Technology Services. “We remain dedicated to continued performance excellence on the ICBM program and are excited to continue pursuit of work on the country’s next-generation Ground-based Strategic Deterrent program.”