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Analyst Firm Lists Northrop Grumman in 'Leaders' Quadrant of Data Center Outsourcing Report

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 6, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Gartner Inc. has listed Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) in the "Leaders" quadrant of an influential market report that analyzes a company's qualities, completeness of vision and ability to execute on that vision.

According to Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing 2005, Gartner distinguishes data-center outsourcing services as one of the most mature information-technology service categories.

"We're pleased to be acknowledged in the magic quadrant report," said Hugh Taylor, president of Northrop Grumman IT's Commercial, State and Local Solutions business, and lead executive for managed services. "We believe Gartner's analysis further confirms our commitment to provide efficient, results-oriented data-center services."

Gartner defines "Leaders" as companies that perform well, demonstrate a clear vision of market direction, and actively build competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

Service providers are positioned in Gartner's Magic Quadrant based on formal presentations by participating vendors, client reference checks, and analyst knowledge of the market. The Gartner report, The Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing 2005, was authored by Richard Matlus and William Maurer and covers external service providers in North America. To qualify for the report, at least $50 million in annual data-center outsourcing revenue was required and 10 North American client references.

In addition to the data-center outsourcing Magic Quadrant, Gartner also lists Northrop Grumman in the "Leaders" quadrant in additional markets: the North America help desk outsourcing, 2004 and North America desktop outsourcing, 2004 Magic Quadrant reports, both published on December 1, 2004.

About the Gartner Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted December 2004 and June 2005 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against certain criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the Leaders quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Northrop Grumman Information Technology

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.

CONTACT:  Juli Ballesteros, APR
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology 
          (703) 713-4675
          juli.ballesteros@ngc.com