RESTON, Va., Feb. 7, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today the appointment of Larry J. Dodgen as sector vice president and deputy general manager for its Mission Systems sector's Missile Defense Division (MDD). Dodgen reports directly to Frank Moore, sector vice president and general manager of MDD, and will be headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., in the company's Cummings Research Park complex.

Dodgen joined Northrop Grumman in 2007 as vice president of strategy, missile systems area, following a distinguished 34-year career with the U.S. Army. Before retiring with the rank of Lt. General, Dodgen served as commander U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Joint Functional Component Command/Integrated Missile Defense to U.S. Strategic Command. During Operation Desert Storm, he led the 8th Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery into combat. He also served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for policy and missions, director of the Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization, and commander of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command.

"Larry will be instrumental to our business in Huntsville, where Northrop Grumman is involved in several major missile defense projects and key pursuits," said Moore. "His in-depth knowledge and understanding of missile defense and battle command operations and of our military customers make him an ideal choice for this post."

Dodgen earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University; a master's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri; and a master's degree in national security and strategy from the United States Naval War College. Dodgen has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

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