WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will host the 25th anniversary of MILCOM, the premier military communications conference.

MILCOM will be held Oct. 23-25 at the Wardman Park Marriott and Omni Shoreham Hotels in Washington, D.C.

Each year, MILCOM draws more than 3,000 attendees from government, industry, U.S. allies and top educational institutions to discuss communications issues facing U.S. and coalition military forces.

"The silver anniversary of MILCOM will offer attendees a collaborative setting to acquire valuable ideas and content that can be applied to their work environment," said retired Army Maj. Gen. Dave Bryan, vice president and deputy of defense transformation for Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector, and chairman of MILCOM 2006.

New to MILCOM this year is the Mission Possible demonstration theater. Participants will tour a real-world, in-theater challenge set in a command-and-control environment. Exhibiting companies will demonstrate network-enabled technologies specifically designed to respond to situations including: coalition collaboration, multi-source data fusion, data protection, situational awareness, multi-level security controls, and data mining and assessment.

Northrop Grumman will demonstrate tactical capabilities and solutions for battlefield deployment at booth 1201. Technologies will include a command center with secure wireless and satellite communications capabilities; a joint and coalition secure portal; the Defense Integration Human Resource System supporting in-theater personal asset visibility, replacements, casualty evacuation and associated pay issues; a secure tactical decision messaging capability; and an enterprise information assurance and computer network defense showcasing data and information protection.

Featured keynote speakers during the conference will include the Honorable Gordon England, deputy secretary of defense; the Honorable John Grimes, assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, and chief information officer, U.S. Department of Defense; Admiral Edmund Giambastiani Jr., vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Navy Vice Adm. Nancy Brown, director, command, control, communications and computer systems (J-6), the Joint Staff; Navy Rear Adm. Victor See Jr., director of communications systems acquisition and operations directorate, National Reconnaissance Office; and Tom Brokaw, author and former anchor and managing editor for NBC Nightly News.

In the exhibit hall, Northrop Grumman will showcase its end-to-end expertise in military satellite communications for assured, protected communications at booth 119.

  --  Digital Fountain Raptor(tm) - Network-centric warfare
      military communications demand high reliability in the
      presence of extreme conditions including bandwidth
      congestion, high latency, fading, interference or jamming.
      The Digital Fountain Raptor(tm) forward error correction
      technology improves the reliability of tactical
      communications links by protecting the transfer of large
      files and streaming data from "packet" (data) loss.
  --  Air Force Network Centric Solutions (NETCENTS) Program -
      Northrop Grumman's NETCENTS team offers a complete range
      of world-class technologies, services and support needed
      for Air Force enterprises to migrate successfully to
      net-centric operations.
  --  Transformational Satellite Communications (TSAT) Space
      Segment - TSAT represents the next step toward
      transitioning the Department of Defense wideband and
      protected communications satellite architecture into a
      single network comprised of multiple satellite, ground
      and user segment components.
  --  Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) - The follow-on
      to the Milstar system will provide global, high secure,
      protected, survivable communications for warfighters in
      all services within the DOD. Advanced EHF will deliver
      10 times greater total capacity and channel data rates
      six times higher than that of Milstar II communications
      satellites.
 

There will be an Industry Day sponsored by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), on Monday, Oct. 23, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Wardman Park Marriott, salons 2 and 3. The program will be a question-and-answer session with DISA's senior leadership.

MILCOM is co-sponsored by the Armed Forces and Communications Electronics Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communications Society. Northrop Grumman and Cisco Systems are the corporate co-hosts of the event, MITRE Corporation is providing technical support and DISA is the military advisor for the conference.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 120,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

  CONTACT:  Christy Whitman
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
          (571) 213-5302 
          christine.whitman@ngc.com
         
          Tobey Jackson
          AFCEA
          (703) 631-6189
          tjackson@afcea.org