RESTON, Va., April 7, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today the addition of Frank Moore as lead executive for the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) program. Northrop Grumman is leading a team competing for the U.S. Army's ACS program, an airborne platform that will provide the warfighter with actionable intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capability.

Moore reports to Philip Teel, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector and works with Dan Allen, sector vice president and general manager of Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance (ISR) division for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.

"ACS is a key pursuit for our company, and Frank's expertise leading large integration projects for the U.S. military is a good match for this complex program. He will bring the right leadership to our team as we develop a solid, risk-managed solution using an incremental development approach," said Teel. "He has a strong record of leadership across a diverse set of major U.S. Department of Defense development and acquisition programs."

The ACS team will leverage Moore's experience as the current vice president and general manager of the Missile Defense Division, where he directs and integrates all sector programs in support of strategic deterrent and missile defense missions. Key to the ACS pursuit is Moore's successful experience managing airborne ISR programs for Northrop Grumman, where he led development, production, integration, and sustainment activities.

Prior to joining the company, Moore had a distinguished 31-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Major General. He held a series of key positions managing development and acquisition programs and served as Program Executive Officer for Bombers, Missiles, and Trainers. Moore also served as Director of Special Programs for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology and Deputy Director of Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Moore earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master's in business administration from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the Air War College and has completed the program management course at Defense Systems Management College and the national security leadership course at Johns Hopkins and Syracuse Universities.

ACS will be a unique, next-generation intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition aircraft, which will -- from the moment it arrives over the battlefield -- provide commanders in theater and troops on the ground with critical situational intelligence. ACS will detect troop movements and intercept communications and radar transmissions, allowing the Army to direct dominant and effective firepower before enemy forces know they have been detected.

The Northrop Grumman team includes AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems Corporation, Hunt Valley, Md.; General Dynamics, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and L-3 Communications Corp., New York.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $32 billion 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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