HERNDON, Va. – Sept. 25, 2013 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI ® ) for Development Level 5, the highest rating possible, for two U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency joint modernization programs.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the Defense Information Systems Agency's Global Command & Control System-Joint (GCCS-J) and Global Combat Support System-Joint (GCSS-J) programs.

The Software Engineering Institute's CMMI ® for Development model is used to appraise and recognize best practices in software engineering and systems engineering.

CMMI ® is an industry-recognized standard for benchmarking process integration and improvement. The framework defines a set of objective standards for assessing an organization's full range of engineering and organizational processes.

The GCCS-J and GCSS-J appraisal was conducted by Process Assessment, Consulting & Training LLC, Burnsville, Minn., in accordance with the Standard CMMI ® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement Class A methodology.

"This achievement demonstrates Northrop Grumman's ongoing commitment to employ processes to achieve repeatable results on our programs and deliver lower risk and higher performance to our customers," said Mike Twyman, sector vice president and general manager of the Defense Systems division for Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "By conducting external appraisals of our projects, we continually affirm our staunch commitment to process improvement and the integration of best practices throughout each project's life cycle. That's a core competency and a key discriminator for Northrop Grumman."

Northrop Grumman is modernizing and sustaining GCCS-J, a joint command and control system used to provide accurate, complete and timely information for the armed forces operational chain of command. The company is developing and integrating software for GCSS-J that provides an end-to-end capability to manage and monitor personnel, equipment and supplies for joint logistics planning, force mobilization and combat operations.

The CMMI ® standard was developed by a coalition of industry, government and Software Engineering Institute to objectively assess the full range of an organization's software and systems engineering, program management and organizational management capabilities. There are five levels of CMMI ® maturity, each a layer in the foundation for ongoing process improvement, designated by the numbers one through five, with five being the highest. High maturity levels signify lower risks to successful program execution.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

Capability Maturity Model Integration and CMMI ® are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Carnegie Mellon University.

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