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Photo Release -- Jerry B. Agee to Head Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems Sector

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced that its board of directors has elected Jerry B. Agee, 62, corporate vice president and president of the company's Mission Systems sector. Agee, an 18-year veteran of the company, assumes his new position immediately. He was named acting president in August of this year. Agee will report to Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman's chairman, chief executive officer and president.

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In addition, Agee was named lead executive for the company's missile-defense business. The Mission Systems sector had sales of $5 billion in 2004.

"Jerry has been integral in establishing Mission Systems' strategic vision and in his former role as deputy sector president he has been deeply involved in the day-to-day management of operations," said Sugar. "His leadership and broad management experience across the defense, intelligence and federal civil marketplace and his years of experience in the intelligence field make him an excellent choice to lead the Mission Systems sector."

Since joining the company in 1987 after a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer, Agee has held positions of increasing responsibility. He will lead a sector that has grown extensively as a result of Northrop Grumman's acquisition in 2002 of TRW Inc. In his new position, Agee will oversee operations of the Mission Systems sector and the 18,000 employees worldwide serving three business areas: missile systems; command, control and intelligence systems; and technical and management services.

As deputy sector president, Agee had oversight of Northrop Grumman's strategic missile systems businesses, including Missile Defense, ICBM Prime Integration Contract and the Kinetic Energy Interceptors program where he was instrumental in the company's business growth. Earlier he served as deputy general manager for Strategic Systems, vice president and general manager of Intelligence Systems and earlier of the Federal Enterprise Systems divisions.

Agee worked in various marketing, program-management, and general management roles in the defense, intelligence and federal civil marketplace. He focused much of his activity on the intelligence community in addressing critical modernization efforts and repositioning and expanding Northrop Grumman's business in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance market.

Agee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs/economics from Florida State University. He attended the Defense Intelligence College and has completed post-graduate work at the University of Maryland and the University of North Florida. He has attended executive education programs at the University of Virginia, University of Michigan and Wharton.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 125,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

Dan McClain
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