HERNDON, Va., June 12, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was awarded a contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to operate U.S. Central Command's (USCENTCOM) Joint Training System Support Office (JTSSO) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Under the $8.5 million GSA Training Schedule task order, which has a base year and four option years, Northrop Grumman will perform work at the command's headquarters at MacDill AFB, other U.S. locations and throughout the USCENTCOM area of responsibility.

Under the JTSSO program, Northrop Grumman's Technical Services sector will provide assistance to military planners during the planning, execution and assessment of USCENTCOM's battle staff, combined and joint training exercises, and the command's newcomer Staff Indoctrination Course.

"This contract reinforces Northrop Grumman's credentials as the provider of choice in the exercise and training arenas and positions us to support the emerging requirements of our customer, the warfighter," said David Townsend, Northrop Grumman's JTSSO program manager. "With the JTSSO award, USCENTCOM has retained a skilled and proven exercise planning, training and joint lessons learned team, with more than 65 years of cumulative experience."

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a 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 Technical Services
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          Northrop Grumman Technical Services
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