MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 30, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Gerald Buckwalter was appointed to the advisory board for the University of Maryland University College Graduate School of Management and Technology. In this role, he will advise the Information Technology Systems department as it shapes the university's most recent degree concentration in homeland security.

Buckwalter is director of homeland security for Northrop Grumman. He also serves as chair of the company's homeland security executive council.

The university's advisory board is comprised of executives from leading public and private sector organizations. The Information Technology Systems department has 3,000 students enrolled in nine technology degree programs including information technology, computer systems management, telecommunications management and software engineering.

In his role, Buckwalter will advise the department on program and course offerings that will help curriculum requirements meet high academic standards and prepare students to excel in the workforce.

Buckwalter brings extensive advisory experience to the university's board. He was an advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Secret Service Inaugural Security Team for the 2004 inauguration. He served on the 2004 Binational U.S.-Italy National Security Strategy and Policy committee. He was also a participant in the group of government and industry members selected for the 2002 government study on the role of the National Guard Bureau in homeland security.

The University of Maryland University College has a 58-year tradition of supporting the educational needs of working adult students and is the largest provider of, and internationally recognized as a leader in, online education.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. Northrop Grumman serves the U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers, with more than 125,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries.

Juli Ballesteros, APR
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Christy Whitman
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Northrop Grumman Information Technology