MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 13, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to develop information warfare technology applications that will provide early warning alerts and enable active response to information-security threats for the U.S. Air Force and coalition partners worldwide, as well as intelligence operations and law-enforcement agencies.

The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract is valued at $24.8 million over five years.

As the prime contractor, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector will build a network-based architectural framework that will provide information, computer and network security, damage assessment and recovery, security policy enforcement and active response. The architectural framework will integrate cyberspace surveillance, cyber indications and warning, high-speed and host-based intrusion detection, correlation of attack indicators, decision support, recovery and cyber forensics technologies.

Northrop Grumman IT will integrate current and maturing commercial- and government-off-the-shelf intrusion sensor technology with data-correlation techniques and visualization tools for managing large-scale networks. This technology will correlate data for the Air Force and indicate if a network is under attack with actual network effects and responses.

Work on the contract will be performed in Rome, N.Y. and will include system design and management; software, database and user-interface development; simulations of system interactions and capabilities; as well as interoperability and integration testing and evaluation.

Teammates on the contract include Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va.; ITT Industries, Reston, Va.; BAE Systems, Rockville, Md.; OPNET Technologies, Bethesda, Md.; Science Applications International Corp., San Diego; Symantec, Cupertino, Calif.; and Assured Information Security and Dolphin Technology, Rome, N.Y.;

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in McLean, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's technological leadership spans such areas as homeland security solutions, health IT solutions, secure wireless, cyber and physical assurance, IT and network infrastructure, managed services, knowledge management, modeling and simulation and geospatial intelligence solutions.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology
Juli Ballesteros, APR
  (703) 713-4675
Christy Whitman 
  (571) 213-5302