REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Oct. 12, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- James Myers, vice president of Payloads and Sensors at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Space Technology sector has been named to the national MATHCOUNTS Foundation Board of Directors. Myers is a leader in the company's efforts to increase enthusiasm for mathematics among grammar and middle school students.

MATHCOUNTS is the nation's premier middle school math enrichment and competition program. Through a grassroots-based partnership involving volunteers, educators, and industry sponsors, more than 500,000 students nationwide participate annually at the school level through coaching and competitions.

"It becomes more obvious each day as I work with some of the most innovative companies in the high technology, aerospace and defense industries, that the country's long-term security and success in the global marketplace depends on our ability to create excitement about mathematics and math proficiency among middle school students," Myers said. "My experiences as a classroom volunteer have shown also that we must do everything we can to find new ways of engaging students. I appreciate the opportunity to expand my participation by contributing at a national level."

Myers, 43, is the father of three school-age sons. He is involved in the company's educational efforts as the executive sponsor of a local middle school and the executive sponsor and mentor of Adelante, a Northrop Grumman Hispanic networking group.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Northrop Grumman Corporation, is a national sponsor of the MATHCOUNTS program. The company's Space Technology sector hosts the South Bay/Santa Monica Bay regional competition for more than 200 "mathletes" in the region. Additionally, Northrop Grumman employees across the country volunteer their time to mentor teams in their communities.

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. With more than 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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