LINTHICUM, Md., Dec. 11, 2009 -- Officials of Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Electronic Systems sector today celebrated the grand opening of the new Northrop Grumman Innovation Institute in Linthicum, which will serve as the focal point for the sector's advanced technology development activities.

The five-story, 156,000 square foot leased office building is located on West Nursery Road in the West*Quest Technology Park where Northrop Grumman already maintains the headquarters for its Electronic Systems sector. The new facility is home to more than 450 current engineers, scientists and support personnel who had previously been housed in several nearby leased and company-owned buildings.

Highlighting the ribbon cutting event were remarks from James F. Pitts, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector, and Charles J. Brinkman, sector vice president and general manager of the company's Advanced Concepts & Technologies Division.

"From the ground up, this new facility -- with its modular office concepts, and innovative program strategy and planning areas -- was designed to help foster a collaborative employee work environment conducive to the timely development of innovative global defense electronics technologies," said Pitts. "We're confident the end result of the corporation's investment in this new facility will be the generation of a myriad of exciting new technologies and solutions for our defense and commercial customers."

From design and development through proof-of-concept and production readiness, engineers and scientists at the company create the groundbreaking electronic technologies that will eventually transition into full-scale production programs within other divisions of the Electronic Systems sector.

"Our focus is on capturing and managing research and development technology programs addressing needs for advanced military operational and national security capabilities," said Brinkman. "That's why we're delighted to now have together under one roof the largest segment of our research and development organization, which should result in greatly improved operational efficiency and effectiveness."

The new office facility features several uniquely-configured collaboration areas where small to medium-size teams of employees can work together on various advanced technology development projects, a 175-seat conference center, an employee fitness center, and an Internet Cafe, where employees can gather together in an informal setting to discuss particular projects and activities.

Designed to be energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly, the building has received the nationally-recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED(TM)) certification. The new facility, which is situated on a 9.5 acre parcel on West Nursery Road, is owned by Columbia, Md.-based Corporate Office Properties Trust. Construction was managed by Manekin Construction LLC also of Columbia.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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