MCLEAN, Va., June 25, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named its team of partner companies for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Next Generation Identification (NGI) competition.

NGI is a ten-year development, operations and maintenance program. The NGI system will provide biometric services to support the expanded FBI mission. The current FBI's fingerprint system, known as the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, provides automated flat and rolled fingerprint matching. NGI will expand these services to include other biometrics, such as facial, palm prints, and iris scans.

Northrop Grumman is leading the premier biometrics team that will partner with the FBI and CJIS to serve state and local law enforcement and the citizens they protect. The team is comprised of large partners, local West Virginia-based businesses and solutions providers. The three large partners are BearingPoint, McLean, Va.; General Dynamics, Falls Church, Va.; and Raytheon, Waltham, Mass. The West Virginia businesses include: Azimuth Inc. and Key Logic Systems, Inc., Morgantown; DSD Laboratories Inc., Galaxy Global Corp. and West Virginia High Technology Consortium, Fairmont. The solutions providers are: IBM, Armonk, N.Y.; BEA Systems and Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, Calif.; EMC, Hopkinton, Mass.; Oracle Corp., Redwood Shores, Calif.; Sun Microsystems, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.; and Ideal Innovation, Arlington, Va.

"We are committed to partnering with local communities in West Virginia and businesses around the state to ensure long-term economic growth and prosperity. By hiring West Virginians, we will offer opportunities for high-tech careers," said James R. O'Neill, president of Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector. "In addition, our team's leadership position in identity management, with an emphasis on biometrics-based solutions, will help our customers achieve their missions."

Northrop Grumman's identity management experience includes a fingerprint database system for the United Kingdom's National Policing Improvement Agency and recent wins with the U.S. Department of Defense for their Automated Biometric Identification System and Biometric Identification System for Access. Northrop Grumman is involved in a broad spectrum of related activities in this area that cover research and development, system development and integration, and system sustainment providing extensive reachback during the development and fielding of NGI.

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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