HERNDON, Va., Dec. 2, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been chosen as one of two companies by the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide an information technology (IT) infrastructure detailed proposal under the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002.

As part of this phase, the Commonwealth has requested that the two selected companies submit a detailed proposal on ways they would transform and improve the Commonwealth's statewide IT infrastructure to ensure quality services are delivered to state agencies and the citizens they serve. The Commonwealth's IT infrastructure includes network services, desktop and e-mail, data centers, customer care services, and other infrastructure projects and services.

If selected for this contract, Northrop Grumman's IT sector will support the transformation of the IT infrastructure of 90 executive branch agencies that transitioned over the last 18 months to the Commonwealth's consolidated technology agency, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).

VITA is pioneering a model for information technology governance and operational excellence and represents the most comprehensive reform of state government information technology in the nation. It establishes Virginia as a leader in the use of technology in government.

"We applaud Governor Mark Warner, the Virginia General Assembly, the Information Technology Investment Board, and the Secretary of Technology for their commitment to and vision for using information technology for the benefit of all Virginians," said James R. O'Neill, president of Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector. "Northrop Grumman is dedicated to creating jobs, developing and implementing technologies, and working in partnership with the communities it serves. We look forward to continuing to build on our strong history with the commonwealth of Virginia."

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. As a leading systems integrator, the company's technological leadership spans such areas as IT and network infrastructure, homeland security solutions, secure wireless, cyber and physical assurance, managed services, knowledge management, modeling and simulation, and geospatial intelligence solutions.

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