LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that its board of directors has elected Sid Ashworth corporate vice president of Government Relations, effective August 16, 2010. In her new role Ashworth will be responsible for maintaining effective relations between the company and the U.S. government. She will report to Wes Bush, the company's chief executive officer and president, and become a member of the company's Corporate Policy Council.

"We are pleased to welcome Sid Ashworth to our senior management team," Bush said. "Her extensive legislative and executive branch expertise, including many years as a professional staff member with the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations and as a civilian in the Department of the Army, are well suited to her new role. We look forward to working with her as we drive to improve performance and deliver value for our shareholders, customers and employees."

Ashworth joins Northrop Grumman from GE Aviation, where she is vice president of its Washington Operations. Prior to joining GE Aviation, she was principal of the Ashworth Group.

Ashworth has more than 25 years experience in the legislative and executive government branches, including 14 years as a professional staff member with the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. She also served as staff director of the Defense Subcommittee and staff director of the Military Construction Subcommittee. During Ashworth's tenure with the Defense Subcommittee, she was responsible for formulating funding and legislation recommendations for defense and intelligence spending in excess of $600 billion annually. She also worked as a civilian in the Department of the Army and was focused on resource management, force structure and strategy.

Ashworth earned a master's degree in business administration from Campbell University and a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Maryland. Additionally, she was a Senior Executive Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and serves as a senior advisor with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

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. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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