HERNDON, Va., Feb. 12, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that its Information Technology sector has been named an Authorized Executive Partner of Hewlett-Packard Company's OpenView software business unit, the highest designation currently offered by HP OpenView.

The designation indicates that Northrop Grumman has achieved the highest levels in e-services solutions for network and systems management utilizing HP OpenView's solution portfolio. Additionally, this announcement makes Northrop Grumman one of only seven HP OpenView Executive Partners in the world.

"This designation of HP OpenView Executive Partner marks the pinnacle in a very important process for us," said Rene LaVigne, president, Computing Systems, Northrop Grumman Information Technology. "As the only federal government provider to achieve the highest designation available to partners of HP for its OpenView technology, we have established primacy in a field of growing significance for our customers in both the federal government and the private sector."

"We are happy to see Northrop Grumman join the ranks of only six other Executive Partners," said Bruce Klein, general manager of federal sales, HP Public Sector organization. "The HP OpenView Executive Partner status signifies that Northrop Grumman has met all criteria for the designation, including a developed national network of HP OpenView sales and technical personnel."

To achieve Executive Partner status, Northrop Grumman technical staff were certified in a set of HP OpenView solutions and equipped to implement those solutions. As an Executive Partner, Northrop Grumman is encouraged to offer its input in the creation of new products and programs and to develop close relationships with HP OpenView executives, software development teams and sales teams.

Northrop Grumman is also involved in large-scale deployments of enterprise management solutions utilizing the HP OpenView solution portfolio for the Bureau of the Census, the United States Marine Corps and several other federal entities.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology is a premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. Headquartered in Herndon, the company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation; base and range support; signals intelligence; space systems; health informatics; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services.

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