ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 26, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Mitchell "Mitch" B. Waldman director of acquisition policy for the company. Waldman reports to Larry Lanzillotta, vice president of customer relations, which is part of Northrop Grumman's Washington, D.C. office.

As director of acquisition policy, Waldman will be responsible for coordinating the company's efforts related to pending and upcoming acquisition regulations and policy at the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies, internal coordination of Congressional activities related to acquisition policy and reform, and representing the company at numerous acquisition and related professional associations.

"A clear understanding of the benefits and impacts of proposed government policies and regulations regarding acquisition is vital for a tier-one contractor such as Northrop Grumman," said Lanzillotta. "Mitch's long experience in Washington and the Defense Department will be essential to our Customer Relations efforts."

Before joining Northrop Grumman, Waldman served as a senior staff member for former Sen. Trent Lott in the capacity as National Security Advisor. His responsibilities spanned a wide spectrum of issues including foreign policy, intelligence and national defense in support of Sen. Lott and the Senate's leadership.

Previously, Waldman served in a number of executive positions for the U.S. Navy including Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Ship Programs), Director of Cost Engineering and Industrial Analysis for the Naval Sea Systems Command, and Deputy Program Manager for Amphibious Warfare Programs. He has also served as project manager for the U.S. Navy's Small Boat Security Assistance Program and completed several senior-level staff assignments with the Navy and the Defense Department.

Waldman has been honored with the U.S. Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Secretary of Defense General Counsel Outstanding Performance Award and the D.C. City Council of Engineering Societies Architect of the Year award.

Waldman earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., and a law degree from Catholic University, Washington, D.C. He is also a graduate of Yale University's Executive Management Program and the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager's course.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $32 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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