RESTON, Va., and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 8, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Former U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Timothy J. (Tim) McMahon has joined Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) as vice president, Strategic Programs for its Reston-based Mission Systems sector. McMahon will be based in Colorado Springs and work with Department of Defense customers in this region.

In this new position, McMahon will marshal the breadth and depth of capabilities and talent resident across Mission Systems' key business areas -- which include missile defense, ICBMs and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence -- to offer solutions that will better address the needs of existing and emerging customers, such as U.S. Strategic Command, whose mission has greatly expanded within the Defense Department.

"Tim's invaluable experience in military space and knowledge of strategic forces will be instrumental in helping Mission Systems' shape its approach to new and existing business," said Dr. Donald C. Winter, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. "Initially directed at meeting the growing needs of U.S. Strategic Command, Tim's enterprise-wide strategy will greatly enhance the value Northrop Grumman can bring to all customers while building a capabilities-based portfolio that will better address new business opportunities."

After 32 years of service with the Air Force, McMahon retired in May. In his last position as commander, Twentieth Air Force at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., McMahon directed daily planning, operations, logistics, security and support for the nation's force of 500 Minuteman III missiles. Prior to this post, McMahon served as director, Nuclear and Counterproliferation Matters on the Air Staff for Headquarters, U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, and prior to that, was deputy director, Operations and Logistics for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

McMahon received a bachelor's degree in history from Quincy University in Quincy, Ill., and a master's in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. McMahon is also a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is a $4 billion global integrator of complex, mission-enabling systems and services for defense, intelligence and civil government markets. The sector's technology leadership and expertise spans areas such as strategic systems, including ICBMs; missile defense; intelligence and surveillance.

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