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Northrop Grumman Achieves Nineteenth CMMI Level 5 Rating

MCLEAN, Va., April 12, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has achieved its nineteenth CMMI(R) Level 5 rating, the highest possible for benchmarking commercial and defense industry best practices for management and engineering.

Defense Enterprise Solutions, part of Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector, was the first organization in the world to be re-appraised at the CMMI-SE/SW Level 5 maturity rating against the Software Engineering Institute Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI(R)) standard, as recommended by industry guidelines. As the second organization in the United States to be appraised at CMMI-SE/SW Level 5 and the third organization in the world to be appraised at that level, Defense Enterprise Solutions exemplifies the Northrop Grumman commitment to continuous improvement through its use of industry-leading process improvement practices.

The Information Technology sector now has three and Northrop Grumman has 19 CMMI(R) Level 5 ratings, the most earned by any defense or commercial company to date. The ratings assure Northrop Grumman customers that the company is providing improved quality, greater productivity and predictable program performance.

Northrop Grumman's latest rating was awarded after a comprehensive assessment of geographically dispersed projects representative of its Defense Enterprise Solutions systems and software engineering customers' requirements.

"My team documented significant strengths, especially management commitment," said Joseph Morin, president of Integrated System Diagnostics, Inc., which led the appraisal. "I also found significant 'state-of-the-industry' improvements underway that are integrating multiple legacy and inherited organizational processes into the organizational standard." These strengths and improvements enabled the Defense Enterprise Solutions business to be the first to be re-appraised at CMMI Level 5.

The Software Engineering Institute is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Its core purpose is to help others make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities.

The CMMI(R) standard was developed by a coalition of industry, government and the Software Engineering Institute to objectively assess the full range of an organization's software and systems engineering, program management and organizational management capabilities. There are five levels of CMMI(R) maturity, each a layer in the foundation for on-going process improvement, designated by the numbers one through five with five being the highest. Higher maturity levels signify lower risks to successful program execution.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in McLean, 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 technological leadership spans such areas as homeland security solutions, health IT solutions, secure wireless, cyber and physical assurance, IT and network infrastructure, managed services, knowledge management, modeling and simulation and geospatial intelligence solutions.

(R)Capability Maturity Model Integration and CMMI are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Carnegie Mellon University.


Juli Ballesteros, APR
Northrop Grumman Information Technology
(703) 713-4675