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Joining Forces With the White House, Northrop Grumman Submits Pledge to Hire, Train Veterans

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Feb. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reinforcing a long-standing commitment to hiring veterans, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) this week answered the call from President Barack Obama and registered its pledge with the Joining Forces Initiative, announcing the company's commitment to men and women in uniform, and pledging support to America's veterans as they transition to the civilian workforce.

Joining Forces is a landmark initiative established by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to raise awareness and rally all sectors of society to recognize the service and sacrifice of veterans and military families, and offer them the opportunities and support they have earned.

The company's pledge has been listed here http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces/commitments

Recognized as a top military-friendly employer, Northrop Grumman employs more than 13,000 veterans, nearly 18 percent of the total workforce, and is committed to increasing its already extensive outreach to veterans and their families in 2012 and beyond. This year the company has pledged increased resources to expand veteran outreach and recruitment, and to strengthen partnerships with key military advocacy organizations. The company will increase an already established presence at military installations, conferences, and career events, and will offer expanded coaching and placement services. This engagement builds on an already robust veteran hiring effort administered by the company.

Northrop Grumman launched Operation IMPACT, a career transition assistance program for Wounded Warriors, nearly a decade ago. Operated independently of the company's standard recruitment process, the award-winning Operation IMPACT program is a grassroots initiative designed to provide career transition support to military service members who have been severely injured, assisting service members or their families to find career opportunities with the company. Operation IMPACT has been recognized as an industry best practice by the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and has received a number of awards. For more information go to http://careers.northropgrumman.com/operation_impact.html.

In addition to Operation IMPACT, Northrop Grumman founded the Network of Champions in 2009, a group of more than 90 corporations and organizations that share Northrop Grumman's deep commitment to transition wounded warriors into the civilian workplace, and offer job placement opportunities for qualified candidates through the network.

Northrop Grumman is also a proud partner of the Military Spouse Employment Program and is committed to providing training and employment opportunities for the military spouse community.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

CONTACT: Margaret Mitchell-Jones
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         m.mitchell-jones@ngc.com