MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 1, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has assumed duties of the Lead Service Integrator for Army Knowledge Online (AKO)/Defense Knowledge Online (DKO) system engineering, operations, and maintenance tasks. Effective today, the seamless transition was completed between the legacy AKO contractor, Cherry Road Technologies, and Northrop Grumman.

In partnership with the U.S Department of Defense DKO program office, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector is leading the evolution to a service-oriented architecture enabling the Defense Department to leverage common critical applications and infrastructure services to meet mission and operational requirements for forces worldwide. DKO will provide relevant information and applications to the warfighter and other government users through a secure service-oriented framework to help them perform missions more effectively.

"We will expand on the successes of the Army Knowledge Online program by enabling Defense Knowledge Online capabilities across the joint community," said Catherine Kuenzel, vice president of Enterprise Infrastructure Services and Solutions for Northrop Grumman IT. "Defense Knowledge Online is a marquee example of adopting and adapting a best practice across the Defense Department, resulting in expanded capabilities, reduced total cost of ownership and increased efficiencies."

"Defense Knowledge Online represents Northrop Grumman's commitment to providing critical information systems and secure solutions to support our nation's defense and security," said Tom Shelman, president of Northrop Grumman IT's Defense group. "DKO affirms Northrop Grumman's position as the leading provider of enterprise portal solutions across Defense Department, intelligence and civilian agency domains."

Northrop Grumman's DKO teammates include Cherry Road Technologies, Parsippany, N.J.; Appian, Vienna, Va.; AT&T, San Antonio, Texas; CISCO Systems, Inc., San Jose, Calif.; Dell, Round Rock, Texas; EMC2, Hopkinton, Mass.; SUN Microsystems, Santa Clara, Calif.; CSC, El Segundo, Calif.; SAIC, San Diego; EDS, Plano, Texas; ePlus, Inc. and McDonald Bradley, Inc., Herndon, Va.; SOLERS, Inc., Arlington, Va.; Ennovex Solutions, Inc., Chantilly, Va.; and SRA International, Fairfax, Va.

Northrop Grumman is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Juli Ballesteros, APR
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
          (703) 556-2736
          juli.ballesteros@ngc.com