LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced that retired U.S. Air Force General Richard B. Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been elected to the company's board of directors.

Northrop Grumman's board now totals 12 members, 11 of whom are non-employee directors.

"Dick Myers brings to our board outstanding leadership credentials and a deep understanding of the national security challenges facing our country today," said Ronald D. Sugar, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation. "He will be an excellent addition to our board and we look forward to benefiting from his contributions."

Myers retired from his position as the fifteenth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September, 2005 after serving for four years. In that capacity, he was the principal military advisor to the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council.

Before becoming chairman, he was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served as the chairman of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, vice chairman of the Defense Acquisition Board, and as a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee and the Nuclear Weapons Council.

Previously, Myers was commander in chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command; commander of the Air Force Space Command; and Department of Defense manager of Space Transportation System Contingency Support. Earlier, he was commander of the Pacific Air Forces; assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force. His career includes operational command and leadership positions in a variety of Air Force and Joint assignments. A command pilot, he has flown more than 4,100 hours in the T-33, C-37, C-21, F-4, F-15 and F-16 aircraft, including 600 combat hours in the F-4.

Myers earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and a masters degree in business administration from Auburn University. He attended the Air Command and Staff College, the U.S. Army War College, and the program for senior executives in national and international security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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 approximately 125,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.