LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Edward T. Alexander corporate lead executive for company business with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles.

As corporate lead executive, Alexander will serve as the principal corporate point of contact for all Northrop Grumman business with SMC and will promote and coordinate the activities of all Northrop Grumman sectors supporting SMC business and community interests.

"The SMC is the Air Force's primary space acquisition center," said Bob Helm, corporate vice president of Government Relations. "Ed's extensive experience with a broad range of Air Force space programs will help him effectively represent the combined capabilities of Northrop Grumman to this very important customer."

Alexander joined Northrop Grumman in 2003 following a 24-year career in the Air Force, primarily in acquisition of space and missile defense systems, with assignments to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and multiple program office assignments including his final assignment as system program director of the Space Superiority Wing at SMC. He has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and multiple Meritorious Service medals. Alexander earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass; a master's degree in systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; a master's in business administration from the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fla.; and a master's degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. He is also a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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