HERNDON, Va., Nov. 19, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Information Technology (IT) sector was awarded a Phase One contract to provide a fully integrated personnel and pay capability for all military branches of the Department of Defense (DoD). This will provide the joint battlefield commander with unprecedented visibility into the characteristics and readiness of personnel assigned across all service components.

This program, the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS), will enhance personnel management mission support by eliminating or reducing data collection burdens, solve operational problems, conserve resources, improve delivery services and enhance readiness.

In this initial phase, Northrop Grumman IT will develop system specifications, risk reduction plans and architectural designs. The contract is valued at $1 million for the next three months to Northrop Grumman IT. Total value for Phase II of the contract is $500 million.

"Northrop Grumman IT has a proven track record of unmatched successful performance in federal ERP implementations and superior domain knowledge in the military services," said Kent Schneider, president, Defense Enterprise Solutions, Northrop Grumman IT. "We have value as an enterprise architect and implementer of this complex ERP solution."

Work on the contract will be performed in New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. Northrop Grumman Corporation is the largest private sector employer in the State of Louisiana with 6,000 employees statewide.

Northrop Grumman IT's team includes Accenture, New York, N.Y.; Acuent, Parsippany, N.J.; Anteon, Fairfax, Va.; CACI, Arlington, Va.; the University of New Orleans; and a number of preeminent small businesses based in New Orleans, and other locations across the U.S.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology is a premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. Headquartered in Herndon, the company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation; base and range support; signals intelligence; space systems; health informatics; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services.

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