Photo Release -- Northrop Grumman's Mark Bakotic Wins Tibbetts Award for Small Business Innovative Research Achievements

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PASCAGOULA, Miss., Oct. 22, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Mark Bakotic, manager of science and technology at Northrop Grumman's (NYSE:NOC) Ship Systems sector, has been awarded the 2007 Tibbetts Award by the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) for his contributions to Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) projects.

A photo accompanying this release is available at http://media.primezone.com/noc/

"Northrop Grumman places a high value on our suppliers, especially our small businesses," said Philip Teel, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems sector. "Mark has leveraged the SBIR program to cultivate dozens of small businesses as suppliers of valuable materials and services to our sector. I congratulate Mark on being the first Northrop Grumman employee to receive the prestigious Tibbetts Award."

Named for Roland Tibbetts, the father of the SBIR program, this national award is made annually to those small firms, projects, organizations and individuals judged to exemplify the very best in SBIR achievement.

"I am humbled in accepting this award mainly because of the stature of the people who both preceded me in this honor as well as the people earning it along with me this year," Bakotic said. "But I also recognize that my success was based on the opportunity Northrop Grumman has offered me in supporting this program, which, in turn, helps ensure small businesses have a voice within large corporations."

The company strongly promotes and advocates SBIR programs since it is often tasked with finding innovative technologies to meet the needs of its defense customers. Private individuals in the small business community may have already developed solutions outside the context of Northrop Grumman's products, and the sharing of information between small businesses and the company provides program managers with the visibility into innovative solutions to technical problems.

"I was proud to sponsor Mark Bakotic for this award," said Tizoc Loza, corporate project manager for SBIR activity. "It is an award from his peers -- the small business and technical community decides who receives the honors -- and Mark and Northrop Grumman should be proud this was given by the technical community."

Bakotic received the award for his advocacy on behalf of Northrop Grumman at conferences and his continued push for new technical topics of interest. Bakotic and his team act as liaisons to small businesses to identify solutions and work with Northrop Grumman engineers on ways to implement solutions for company programs. Bakotic is equally active in meeting with small businesses and identifying their capabilities for use at Northrop Grumman.

The Tibbetts Award is an initiative of the non-profit SBTC with support from NASA, NSF, DoD, Department of the Navy, DARPA, Boeing, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, Gregg Olson, ATF, Homeland Venture, RDM, and Physical Sciences, Inc.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

CONTACT:  Bill Glenn
          Northrop Grumman Ship Systems
          (228) 327-1671
          william.glenn@ngc.com

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