COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 20, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is helping local Colorado Springs company Boecore, Inc. competitively bid for government and commercial contracts in a relationship formed under a U.S. Department of Defense mentor-protege program.

As part of the two-year agreement, Northrop Grumman's Missions Systems sector will mentor Boecore - a woman-owned small business with approximately 80 employees - by providing overarching business development assistance. Northrop Grumman professionals in marketing, operations, contracts, communications and program management will participate in the mentoring activities. Boecore is a partner on several Northrop Grumman programs, including the company's current bid to continue its prime role at the Joint National Integration Center, the nation's premier missile defense wargaming center located at Schriever Air Force Base.

"Boecore has been a provider of technical services to Northrop Grumman for many years where they have exhibited strong customer commitment and a very positive business ethics standard," said Brian Esterby, deputy program manager for Northrop Grumman's Joint National Integration Center contract in Colorado Springs. "Boecore shares a fundamental understanding of the Joint National Integration Center mission which will greatly benefit our team, while helping them to build their capabilities to compete and grow in the defense marketplace. This strategic commitment to assist Boecore will contribute to the overall strength of the Colorado Springs small-business community."

The mentor-protege program was created in an effort to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete more successfully for military contracts by pairing them with large defense contractors. Northrop Grumman's heritage of participation in the Defense Department's mentor-protege program dates back to 1992, a year after the pilot program was approved by Congress. With the signing of this agreement with Boecore, Northrop Grumman now has 18 active mentor-protege agreements.

"Northrop Grumman's willingness to mentor Boecore in the areas of business development, infrastructure enhancement and technology transfer will allow Boecore to become a first-class provider of engineering services and solutions within the defense community," said Kathy Boe, president and CEO, Boecore, Inc.

Northrop Grumman's presence in Colorado Springs includes providing more than three decades of technical expertise to Air Force Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, United States Northern Command and National Reconnaissance Office; the Missile Defense Agency; and Army Space and Missile Defense Command. The company employs approximately 1,200 in Colorado Springs and 2,500 statewide.

Boecore Inc., founded in 2000, is a woman-owned small business focused on providing defense and commercial customers with technical engineering and information technology services. With nearly $6 million in annual sales, Boecore has built a strong reputation for delivering quality engineering and information technology services within the Colorado Springs, Washington, D.C. and Albuquerque areas. Beginning in 2002, Boecore has teamed with Northrop Grumman and has successfully provided engineering and information technology services to a number of defense contracts.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, based in Reston, Va., is a $3.5 billion global integrator of complex, mission-enabling systems and services for defense, intelligence and civil government markets. The sector's technology leadership and expertise spans areas such as strategic systems, including ICBMs; missile defense; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; command and control; and technical services and training.

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          Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
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