EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 3, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) recent participation in a joint military exercise will enhance its work with the U.S. Joint Forces Command to improve how military forces conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

Northrop Grumman contributed its modeling, simulation and analysis expertise to Empire Challenge 07, a demonstration of how coalition forces can work together to collect, analyze and share information. The exercise, sponsored by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and involving multiple U.S. government agencies and coalition nations, was conducted July 9-27 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif.

Lessons learned from the demonstration will be used in ongoing work under a cooperative research agreement between Northrop Grumman and the Joint Forces Command. The goal of the three-year agreement, signed in April 2007, is to identify ways to shorten the military commander's cycle of tasking sensors to collect intelligence, analyzing the information and disseminating it to warfighters. Shortening that cycle would enhance warfighters' situational awareness and increase their chance of success.

Northrop Grumman's contributions to Empire Challenge 07 included simulation of moving target indicator sensor data collected by its RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned system and E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS).

Northrop Grumman also provided advanced communications technology that greatly enhanced the quality of full-motion video information used in the exercise. Northrop Grumman offers this capability to its customers under a strategic alliance agreement with Digital Fountain Inc., whose patented DF Raptor(tm) forward error correction (FEC) technology protects the transfer of large files and streaming data from data loss.

The USJFCOM/Northrop Grumman research team will use data from Empire Challenge 07 to support modeling, simulation, analysis and demonstration efforts. Much of that work is performed with Northrop Grumman's Cyber Warfare Integration Network (CWIN), which can generate operationally-based, virtual battlefield environments.

"Participation in Empire Challenge is a milestone for this team," said Chris Frangos, director and Northrop Grumman's principal investigator for the ISR research project. "We learned more about the importance of integrating different kinds of sensors and systems to support dynamic tactical mission operations. This will enhance our ability to bring advanced technologies and architecture solutions to live exercises, enabling the warfighter to evaluate new concepts and capabilities in an operational environment."

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:  Jim Hart 
          Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
          (310) 331-3616
          james.f.hart@ngc.com