HERNDON, Va., May 7, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) company, announced today that it has become a Gold-certified reseller of Hewlett-Packard Company's HP OpenView software suite targeted for the federal marketplace. This designation means Logicon FDC, a unit of Logicon Inc., Northrop Grumman's information technology (IT) sector, has increased its level of HP OpenView expertise in both sales and engineering.

The HP OpenView Gold-certified reseller status signifies that Logicon FDC has met HP OpenView criteria, including having at least five consultants certified in at least two of the solutions in the HP OpenView software suite. Additionally, Logicon FDC must offer at least five dedicated/trained sales representatives, a focused marketing business plan and one customer reference account per half-year.

Logicon FDC additionally has established a career path for its engineers to go beyond the baseline certification levels to become HP OpenView Certified Integration experts. Currently, 40 percent of its HP OpenView engineering staff has reached this level, while the rest are certified as HP OpenView Network Management Consultants.

"As one of our core technology areas, enterprise management is an initiative that we believe very strongly in," said Rene LaVigne, president, Logicon FDC. "Establishing this relationship with an industry leader like HP sets us apart in the federal marketplace as a provider capable of offering the most comprehensive solutions. Achieving the Gold certification demonstrates that our staff's expertise far exceeds the baseline."

For example, Logicon FDC has developed an enterprise management center for the U.S. Census Bureau built around a mix of HP OpenView products.

"We are excited about Logicon FDC's decision to use the HP OpenView software suite to provide enterprise management solutions to the federal marketplace," said Bruce Klein, national federal sales manager for the HP Public Sector Organization. "Today's announcement represents a continuation of the successful relationship enjoyed by HP and Logicon FDC in this market."

Logicon FDC is the premier federal government provider of comprehensive Internet and infrastructure solutions in the areas of multiservice networking and security, data storage, IT service management, enterprise software and high-end computing systems.

Logicon, headquartered in Herndon, is a leader in advanced information technologies, products, systems and services. Areas of expertise include command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); enterprise hardware and software solutions; information systems; training and simulation; science and technology; base and range support; and commercial information services.

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