CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va., May 23, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will further demonstrate its commitment to the commonwealth today with the groundbreaking ceremony for its new information technology facility in Chesterfield County, Va.

As part of the landmark public-private IT infrastructure partnership, the Northrop Grumman Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center will house both the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) and Northrop Grumman operations. Approximately 600 Northrop Grumman and VITA employees will be located in the Center and throughout the greater Richmond metro area.

The ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. EDT at the Meadowville Technology Park.

Highlighting the occasion will be remarks from Governor Tim Kaine; Dickie King, chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors; James McGuirk, chairman of Virginia's Information Technology Investment Board; and James O'Neill, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector.

"This new facility will be more than a workplace," said O'Neill. "It represents Northrop Grumman's partnership with Virginia and VITA, and our mutual commitment to improving IT service to the commonwealth's agencies."

The Northrop Grumman Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center will have approximately 185,000 square feet of office space on 28 acres. In addition to serving as Virginia's primary data center, the facility will also host a video broadcast studio, a security operations center, a technology lab, a training room, and a fitness center, among other features.

In addition to housing VITA operations, the facility will also serve as a hub for Northrop Grumman's own IT operations, creating more job opportunities as the company expands.

Construction of the building is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2007. Northrop Grumman will serve as the anchor tenant of the technology park.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With approximately 125,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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