ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., June 28, 2012 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced that Paul D. Lang, director of the company's Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) program, has received the 2012 Goodell-Pollock Memorial Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of his noteworthy contributions to the infrared countermeasures (IRCM) field.

During his 28 years of IRCM work, Lang has become an internationally recognized expert in the field. He holds three patents, has written 11 published technical papers on IRCM technology and has worked on nearly every major IRCM program at Northrop Grumman.

"The award committee did a great job of selecting a worthy honoree," said Carl Smith, vice president of infrared countermeasures at Northrop Grumman. "Paul's career-long dedication to IRCM and his current management of CIRCM both display unsurpassed achievement in this field."

As CIRCM program director, Lang directs all of Northrop Grumman's efforts to deliver and support CIRCM systems for the Army. He also has responsibility for all IRCM rotary wing programs at the company.

Lang joined Northrop Grumman in 1984 after receiving his master's degree in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His first job was in the company's Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Advanced Technology Group developing advanced laser warning receivers, exploiting infrared missiles and developing optical sources for IRCM systems.

In 1990, he joined the Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) program contracted by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence. His work included measuring the infrared signatures for 13 types of U.K. aircraft, developing imager specifications, developing a new approach to triggering missile warning receivers and managing DIRCM live fire events.

Lang became chief engineer on the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) program in 2000. In this role, he oversaw the insertion of the Viper laser into the DIRCM transmitter, improved the AAR-54 missile warning receiver and helped accelerate LAIRCM deployment for installation on the C-17 aircraft to meet urgent warfighter needs.

In 2008, Lang took on a new role developing lighter, more affordable IRCM systems designed for rotary-wing aircraft. His vast experience across the IRCM spectrum is one reason Northrop Grumman IRCM systems are installed today on more than 50 different types of aircraft.

The Goodell-Pollock Memorial Award for Distinguished Service honors two pioneers in the IRCM field. Bill Goodell was a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory specializing in EO/IR countermeasures. David Pollock was an industry physicist and executive specializing in EO/IR sensor technology.

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