HERNDON, Va., Sept. 9, 2003 (PRIEMZONE) — Northrop GrummanCorporation (NYSE:NOC – News) has been awarded a contract to continue supporting the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep-Space Surveillance System (GEODSS). Northrop Grumman will implement new performance improvement and cost saving approaches for GEODSS by introducing greater use of web-based technology in training and information management, and implementing quality program improvements.

“Our outstanding past performance delivering service excellence on the GEODSS contract coupled with our commitment and innovations to reduce costs exemplified the best value solution to the Air Force Space Command,” said Gregg Donley, president, Technical Services, Northrop Grumman IT. “We are gratified that we continue to be considered a valued member of 21st Space Wing team, even after two decades, and look forward to serving our client with the same level of commitment in the future.”

Northrop Grumman IT will provide operations, maintenance and support services to the Air Force Space Command, 21st Space Wing for the three geographically dispersed GEODSS sites: Site 1, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; Site 2, on Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; and Site 3, Maui, Hawaii. These sites are part of Air Force Space Command’s optical space surveillance network and conduct deep space surveillance of orbiting space objects in support of U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command’s space control mission. Every night, telescopes operating at these sites search for, track and identify man-made objects that are orbiting the earth — most more than 22,000 miles away. The Air Force anticipates adding a fourth site in Moron, Spain, by the contract’s first option year.

Northrop Grumman IT will continue to provide site mission operations; maintenance and logistical support, including communications-electronics and electro-optical equipment; preventative and corrective maintenance; and civil engineering support.

Northrop Grumman IT brings more than 40 years experience providing base and range operations, maintenance and engineering support to diverse defense and civilian agencies.

Northrop Grumman IT, based in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company’s expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; information technology security; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); homeland security; enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation; base and range support; signals intelligence; health informatics; space systems; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services.

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