BALTIMORE, Feb. 16, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has appointed Brian J. Morra as sector vice president of business development and strategic planning for the company's Electronic Systems sector.

In this position, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of the sector's international and domestic business development strategy, including international alliances and offset programs. He will also oversee the sector's business analysis and planning, and marketing communications and media relations functions, and the sector's interface with federal and local governments.

Morra most recently served as vice president of business development for the surveillance and reconnaissance division of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector in Fairfax, Va. He has more than 20 years experience in program management, operations management and business development in both defense and commercial industries.

Prior to joining the company's Mission Systems sector in December 2004, he was general manager of the transformation and simulation business at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. He earlier served as president of Veridian Corporation's advanced systems and technology sector, a provider of advanced research and development, systems development and engineering support for government and commercial customers. Morra also spent 11 years with Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation, where he served as chief operating officer and led programs for the U.S. Air Force, DARPA and the intelligence community.

In addition, he served a total of 15 years of active and reserve duty in the Air Force as an intelligence officer.

Morra received a bachelor's degree in history from the College of William & Mary, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree in government and national security studies from Georgetown University.

Headquartered in Baltimore, Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense and commercial electronics and systems including airborne radar, navigation systems, electronic countermeasures, precision weapons, airspace management systems, communications systems, space sensors, marine and naval systems, and government systems.