RESTON, Va., Aug. 16, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has signed a U.S. Department of Defense Mentor-Protege agreement with the U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency to provide hands-on guidance and development assistance to Joint Logistics Managers Inc.

Joint Logistics Managers Inc., known as JLMI, is a small disadvantaged, woman-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned firm that specializes in U.S. Army logistics management.

The Mentor-Protege program was created to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete more successfully for military contracts by establishing relationships with large defense contractors.

Under this three-year agreement, Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector will counsel and train JLMI in areas including business development, marketing strategy, proposal preparation, contract and program management, and quality control. JLMI is already a member of the Northrop Grumman team bidding to develop the Global Combat Support System-Army (Field/Tactical) battlefield logistics program.

Northrop Grumman and JLMI will also work with student interns from Virginia State University, a historically black college.

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to participate as a protege of Northrop Grumman and learn from the best," said G. LaVern Jackson, JLMI president and chief executive officer. "We appreciate the company's and the government's confidence in us and are confident this will be a 'win-win' all around."

"Building and sustaining this partnership will be mutually beneficial for both companies, but the ultimate beneficiary is the warfighter," said Kelley G. Zelickson, vice president and general manager of the Tactical Systems Division. "By working together, we are creating a more proficient and capable provider of defense products."

Since 1992, Northrop Grumman has assisted more than 90 small businesses under the program and currently has 23 active Mentor-Protege agreements. Northrop Grumman has received 17 Nunn-Perry Awards from the Defense Department since 1995 for its work with protege companies under the Mentor-Protege program.

JLMI, which was founded in 1999 and became operational in 2000, provides logistics services including warehousing, systems design development and transportation. Based in Prince George, Va., JLMI has 42 employees and operates from 14 locations.

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:  Janis Lamar
          Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
          (703) 345-7046
          janis.lamar@ngc.com