MCLEAN, Va., March 5, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Gartner, Inc. has positioned Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) in the "Challengers" quadrant in an influential market report that analyzes companies' completeness of vision and ability to execute in delivering supply chain management services to customers.

In its 2006 Magic Quadrant for North American Supply Chain Management Consulting and Integration Service Providers, Gartner defines supply chain initiatives as evolving among information technology (IT) service providers. According to the Gartner report, IT services providers are repositioning and refining their supply chain portfolios.

"We consider supply chain management services a strategic business and will make the necessary investments and apply our industry expertise to continue delivering effective solutions to our customers' increasingly complex challenges," said David Zolet, president of Northrop Grumman IT's Defense group.

The scope of the Magic Quadrant report covers external service providers that offer consulting and systems integration capabilities, primarily in supply chain planning, execution and sourcing.

The Gartner report, Magic Quadrant for North American Supply Chain Management (SCM) Consulting and Integration Service Providers 2006, was authored by Lewis M. Clark and published on Dec. 7, 2006.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted December 2006 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Northrop Grumman Corporation 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.

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