MCLEAN, Va., July 3, 2012 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to provide preliminary research and development on U.S. military health care applications to improve the way health care is delivered to military personnel.

The TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) awarded five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts to seven companies including Northrop Grumman. The contract program has a ceiling of $300 million, collectively. The contract is designed to produce innovative approaches to the Military Health System (MHS) through medical information management, information technology (IM/IT) research studies, proof of concept demonstrations, prototyping of IM/IT products and advanced concept technology demonstrations.

The Northrop Grumman team will work at the Pacific Joint Information Technology Center (JITC) based in Kihei, Hawaii, the MHS center for proof of concept and prototyping of IM/IT products and services. The Pacific JITC also supports the U.S. Department of Defense's medical requirements and IT modernization needs across the medical continuum of care. Northrop Grumman will assist TMA by supporting JITC's research efforts.

"We have fielded a strong team that can bring a consistent approach to designs and prototypes that can easily link to existing architectures to reduce risk and costs while improving health care," said Amy Caro, vice president of health information technology programs at Northrop Grumman. "We will leverage our extensive health IT experience in information operations and provide TMA with innovative full-spectrum solutions to help them meet their mission needs."

The TMA is a field activity of the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness. Since 1998, TMA leadership has managed the TRICARE health care program for active duty members, retired service members, National Guard/Reserve members and their families, survivors and others entitled to the Defense Department's medical care.

Northrop Grumman is an industry leader in all aspects of health IT operations, offering customers innovative solutions. For more about health IT at Northrop Grumman, go to .

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