EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 2, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has been recognized by the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC) as a Best Practice Partner for exceptional knowledge management tools and practices.

Knowledge management, a key business strategy for Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems for more than five years, has allowed the enterprise to identify, capture and transfer knowledge so employees can use it to provide better products and services for customers.

"We consider knowledge management an important element of enhancing the company's competitive position in the marketplace," said Scott W. Shaffar, project manager for Knowledge Management, who leads the sector's initiatives in this area from its Air Combat Systems facility in El Segundo.

Northrop Grumman was cited for providing innovative tools for employees to capture and retrieve product data, linking source experts and instituting "communities of practice" that bring together employees from a diverse set of disciplines who have similar interests.

In addition to Northrop Grumman, other Best Practice Partners honored by the APQC were Best Buy, Corning, Siemens and World Bank.

As an internationally recognized resource for process and performance improvement, APQC helps organizations adapt to rapidly changing environments, build new and better ways to work and succeed in a competitive marketplace. APQC is a member-based nonprofit group serving approximately 500 organizations around the world in all sectors of business, education, and government.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a premier aerospace systems integration enterprise. Integrated Systems has the capabilities to design, develop, integrate, produce and support complete systems, as well as airframe subsystems, for airborne surveillance and battle management aircraft, early warning aircraft, airborne electronic warfare aircraft and air combat aircraft. It is also integrating these capabilities for emerging network-centric warfare concepts.

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