Northrop Grumman Contribution to Support Missile Defense Workforce in Alaska

Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:33pm EDT

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DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska, Oct. 30, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman
Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has contributed $35,000 to Partners for Progress in
Delta, Inc., to further the educational nonprofit group's goal of helping to
build and sustain Alaska's skilled workforce in electronics and computer systems
technology, particularly to support nearby missile defense operations.

John Clay, vice president of Missile Systems for the company's Aerospace Systems
sector, presented the donation at the organization's annual Industry Roundtable
Oct. 29 in Delta Junction. Funds will be used to develop or enhance the
workforce needed for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Ground-Based Midcourse
Defense (GMD) facilities. The Partners for Progress in Delta is an educational
consortium that serves as a gateway for learning and training, and provides the
region and state with a long-term asset for developing and maintaining Alaska's

"Our intent is for this donation to provide support to the Partners for Progress
in Delta to continue its efforts to offer quality introductory career training
and education. These skills will help sustain the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense
system deployed at Fort Greely by those who live here who are part of the local
economy and are fully qualified for those jobs," Clay said. "We are excited
about working with the Partners to reach both secondary and post-secondary adult
students who might be interested in these skills. We will work together to help
identify the career pathways that make it possible for individuals to be
competitive for jobs in these fields."

Clay noted the importance of GMD "as a critical piece of the Ballistic Missile
Defense System that protects our nation and its allies, our homes and our
families from ballistic missile attacks from rogue nations. The intent of this
donation is to provide the foundation for an effective educational training
program that qualifies local individuals for weapon system jobs at Fort Greely."

According to Richard Caulfield, president of the board of directors of the
Partners, "We are excited about our partnership with Northrop Grumman and the
long-term opportunities this provides. As one of the state's regional training
centers, this joint effort does exactly what we as an organization are all
about, which is building Alaska's workforce to be competitive for the jobs in
our region and beyond. Clearly, there is need for these technical skills at Fort

P.J. Ford Slack, Delta/Greely School District superintendent and a board member
of the Partners, further noted the contribution enhances one of the group's
major thrusts. "This gift is timely as the state is emphasizing career pathways
that make the transition from high school into the workforce and post secondary
education effective," she said.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000
employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace,
electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to
government and commercial customers worldwide.

CONTACT:  Bob Bishop
          Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
          Cell: 310.251.0261