Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force Complete Warfighter Analysis Workshops for Air Operations Center Modernization Program

 Northrop Grumman, U.S. Air Force Complete Warfighter Analysis Workshops for
                 Air Operations Center Modernization Program

Prototype system also completed risk reduction event to assess cybersecurity
posture

PR Newswire

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 24, 2013

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Air Force and Northrop
Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) have completed the third in a series of
warfighter analysis workshops for the Air Operations Center (AOC) Weapon
System (WS) modernization program. The workshops are part of the AOC WS rapid
development and prototyping process that incorporates early user feedback to
help reduce development costs and ensure operational success.

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The Defense Department considers AOCs a weapon system vital to the national
interest and the AOC WS modernization program represents a major leap in
command and control (C2) capability for air components supporting combatant
commanders throughout the globe.

Northrop Grumman's iterative process of frequent prototyping with operators
providing direct input has been a hallmark of the modernization effort for the
Air Force's essential operational-level C2 centers. By engaging operational
warfighters early in the acquisition life cycle, the company minimizes
development costs by validating concepts before the system is complete.

"The warfighter has been an integral part of our AOC modernization program,"
said Mike Twyman, vice president and general manager of the Defense Systems
division of Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "Early and continuous
assessment from actual users is key to our successful delivery of an agile,
flexible C2 system to meet evolving challenges and enable fifth-generation
joint force concepts."

During the workshops, operators exercised the dynamic targeting and airspace
management mission threads while taking advantage of machine-to-machine
automation and collaborative workflows built into the design.

Northrop Grumman's prototype AOC system completed a system security
accreditation risk reduction event in June that demonstrated improved cyber
protection and an automated cybersecurity tool set. The company is in the
process of installing the fourth prototype at the AOC WS integration and test
laboratory, readying the system for additional capability demonstrations and
feedback.

These activities are part of the AOC WS program's risk reduction phase known
as Pre-Engineering and Manufacturing Development (Pre-EMD). The program is
nearing completion of this phase, on schedule and under budget. Pending
Defense Department authorization of Milestone B, the next program phase, EMD,
will include completion of detailed design, formal test and initial fielding
of the system to geographic AOCs.

In conjunction with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air
Force Base, Mass., Northrop Grumman is modernizing the AOC by developing a
secure, streamlined computing environment for legacy and future applications.
The AOC WS modernization effort is intended to decrease hardware footprint and
improve system manageability, thereby lowering total ownership costs.
Objectives include delivering a common computing environment to reduce manual
information sharing between systems and building the foundation for future C2
needs. AOC modernization also aims to accelerate the integration of new
applications and enable flexibility to deliver modular, mission-tailorable
capabilities to warfighters.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

SOURCE Northrop Grumman Corporation

Website: http://www.northropgrumman.com
Contact: Sudi Bruni, 858-592-3407, sudi.bruni@ngc.com