RESTON, Va. and ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 1, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Defense industry leaders Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE:SAI) announced today the formation of an industry-wide team to bid on the Measurement and Signature Intelligence/Advanced Geospatial Intelligence (MASINT/AGI) program competition for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

The MASINT/AGI program will provide timely, tailored MASINT and AGI products, services, capabilities, and technical support to the operational, arms control and treaty monitoring, acquisition policy, scientific and technical intelligence communities, and to national defense policy makers.

The request for proposals and contract award are expected in 2008. Northrop Grumman will lead the team as a prime integrator with SAIC serving as the principal team partner.

"The state-of-the-art and emerging MASINT/AGI capabilities developed by Northrop Grumman, SAIC, and our other team members will help NASIC's growing customer set to execute timely, informed decisions or actions anywhere in the world," said Frank Moore, vice president and general manager of Missile Defense Division for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector. "The Northrop Grumman team represents experienced and active members within the Air Force-wide Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance enterprise, including the Distributed Common Ground System, and is well positioned to provide a seamless integration in the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. Together, the Northrop Grumman-led team of highly experienced scientists, engineers, analysts and production specialists will strive to exceed the customer's expectations for MASINT/AGI program production, research and development, phenomenology and support of global operational challenges."

If selected, this team would support activities that include the tasking, processing, exploitation, reporting, dissemination, and archiving of all non-nuclear MASINT and AGI data and products. In addition, research and development activities will expand and enhance current capabilities for rapid prototyping and deployment to operational users, as well as investigate phenomena, develop capabilities for advanced systems and identify requirements for future non-nuclear MASINT and AGI systems.

"We are pleased to be a key contributor on the Northrop-Grumman-led team. SAIC has a company wide commitment and focus to provide the very best MASINT/AGI expertise, innovative capabilities, products, solutions and services in support of our nation's decision makers, warfighters and the intelligence community," said Jurgen Gobien, Ph.D., senior vice president and business unit general manager in SAIC's Intelligence, Security and Technology Group. "Our combined team offers a strong source of MASINT/AGI tools and skills-taking the most advantage of the data behind the pixel with broad linkages to the intelligence community, military services, joint/combined combatant commands, DARPA and the U.S. Space Program."

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.

  CONTACT:  Marynoele R. Benson
          Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
          (703) 345-6734
          marynoele.benson@ngc.com