Northrop Grumman Corporation (IT Consulting)

Up high and down low

Northrop Grumman is an aerospace and defense technology company, and also the world's largest shipbuilder.  It is involved in the design, manufacture and maintenance of defense systems across all environments, including underwater, on the ground, in the air, in outer space and online.  Most of the firm's business is with the U.S. federal government, especially the Department of Defense, but it also contracts with state and local governments, foreign governments, and domestic and international commercial clients.  Northrop Grumman had over 123,000 employees and almost $34 billion in revenue at the end of 2008, with a record total backlog of $78 billion.

Get together and see

The firm is the end result (or perhaps the still-in-progress result) of a number of corporate combinations.  The present incarnation was created by the 1994 merger of Northrop Corp. and Grumman Aerospace, both airplane manufacturers founded in the first half of the 20th century.  New tiles were added to the mosaic through both the 1990s and the 2000s, which saw the acquisitions of defense electronics maker Westinghouse Electronic Systems; defense IT contractor Logicon; unmanned systems builder Teledyne Ryan; IT, electronics and shipbuilder Litton Industries; shipbuilder Newport News Shipbuilding; and many other providers of defense and technology services.  An attempted multibillion-dollar merger in 1998 with Lockheed Martin, fellow aerospace and defense behemoth, was nixed by federal regulators over antitrust concerns.

Make the most of the mission

Northrop Grumman's IT consulting activities are carried out primarily through its information and services practice, which is divided into three segments: mission systems, information technology and technical services.  The mission systems segment focuses on complex systems integration for military command situations, intercontinental ballistic missile modernization, air defense, airborne reconnaissance, intelligence management and processing, and decision support systems.  The information technology arm, meanwhile, provides more general systems engineering and integration across a full lifecycle, as well as enterprise solutions and cybersecurity.  And through its technical services segment, the firm provides a range of support-based services, such as logistics, sustainment, and training and simulation.

Support the troops

Revenue from the U.S. government typically accounts for 90 percent or more of the firm's annual intake.  As a defense specialist, Northrop Grumman frequently receives large, lucrative contracts from the branches of the military, not only for its aerospace and shipbuilding capabilities, but also its IT services.  In October 2008, the firm entered into a $206 million deal with the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Redondo Beach, Calif., to provide technical support for its DSP spacecraft, orbiting satellites engaged in missile and other launch detection.  Northrop Grumman will perform mission analysis on the infrared sensor data being transmitted from the spacecraft.  And in June 2008, the firm was engaged by the Army to provide training and instruction on battle command systems at the Army Command General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  Over the course of the five-year contract, Northrop Grumman will design and implement simulation-based exercises for students at the school's main campus and auxiliary campuses in Virginia and Georgia.

It's not only combat units that the firm contracts for, however: Since 1997, Northrop has been providing business process management and IT services for the FAA, and signed a contract in January 2009 to further the relationship between the two organizations for another year. While the contract is worth the comparatively small sum of $9.4 million over a single year, it also comes with the option of three one-year extensions, and provides an interesting insight into some of the smaller deals that keep the firm's finances ticking over from year to year.



Northrop Grumman Corporation (IT Consulting)


1840 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 553-6262
www.northropgrumman.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: NOC
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • President & CEO: Wes Bush
  • 2010 Employees: 117,000

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA

Key Financials

  • 2010 Revenue: $34,757 million

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