MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 18, 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 Cirrus Technology, Inc.

Cirrus Technology, Inc. is a small disadvantaged, service-disabled veteran-owned firm that specializes in technical and engineering services, business operations, information technology, program and installation support, and logistics engineering and analysis.

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 two-year agreement, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector will provide technology transfer, business development and infrastructure assistance to Cirrus.

"I am pleased and excited that Northrop Grumman has agreed to mentor Cirrus," said Jerry Harris, founder and chief executive officer of Cirrus Technology, Inc. "We are looking forward to expanding the relationship with Northrop Grumman and improving our existing capabilities."

"Northrop Grumman will continue to assist new protege companies with various technology transfers that maintain a high level of commitment to the customer and benefit the warfighter," said Tizoc S. Loza, project manager for Mentor-Protege programs for Northrop Grumman. "Northrop Grumman has a proud history of supporting small businesses through the Defense Department's Mentor-Protege program."

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

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.

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          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
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