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Department of Homeland Security Awards Immigration and Customs Enforcement Infrastructure System Task Order to Northrop Grumman

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 20, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a task order by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide an infrastructure system and commercial, off-the-shelf solution for bed space, transportation and detainee location tracking (BST&T) that will significantly increase safety and security, reduce processing time, minimize network and cellular traffic, and provide a common interface for DHS agents. DHS awarded the task order against the Enterprise Architecture Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) Information Technology services contract vehicle.

The BST&T task order consists of a one-year, $14 million base period, with three one-year options for a total potential value of $44.35 million.

Under the terms of the task order, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector will provide DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of Detention and Removal Operations with an integrated system that will locate and track detainees, reserve detainee bed space among various facilities, and manage detainee transportation. Northrop Grumman will provide the infrastructure and integrate this system with other DHS systems and solutions.

"The team brings a depth of implementation experience needed for the BST&T system," said Al Pisani, vice president for mission applications and IT infrastructure for Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector. "Our extensive knowledge of law enforcement applications and infrastructure tools make us uniquely capable to develop this significant capability."

The solution provides commercial off-the-shelf integration with a tailored Web portal linking the systems together. During the first phase of the task order, the team will develop and deploy a wireless network infrastructure at detention facilities that will initially be used for detainee tracking and will be able to support evolving technology needs. Also during this first phase Northrop Grumman will deploy the central reservation capability.

"This key win helps to further expand Northrop Grumman's expertise within DHS," said Jerry Buckwalter, Northrop Grumman's vice president of homeland security. "This project will help us continue our mission-focused approach to providing innovative solutions that ensure the most effective response to the Department's needs."

Work under the task order will take place in McLean, Va.

Northrop Grumman's teammates include SoftBrands, Minneapolis; System Analytics, Inc., Fairfax, Va.; CoSolutions, Inc., Reston, Va.; Alanco/TSI Prisim, Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.; Cogent Systems, Pasadena, Calif.; Cross Match Technologies, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas; IBM, Armonk, N.Y.; and Oracle Corporation, Redwood Shores, Calif.

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

CONTACT:  Juli Ballesteros
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
          (703) 556-2736
          juli.ballesteros@ngc.com