Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman

The Value of Performance

We do amazing things in coming up with concepts and designing them and ultimately building them

but when they roll out of the factory, they go in the hands of young men and women that are gonna use them in far ends of the earth.

It’s a sacred trust. Don’t think we ever forget that and we never should.

In Northrop Grumman to me, the culture is fostered where everyone has a voice.

Everyone can be heard and the end result is just amazing.

Some of the most creative people I've ever met work here.

What they do at work sometimes seems more ordered and less creative

but when you really think about it if you look at some of these systems at the end of the day they're beautiful.

As far as unmanned systems go we've come up with things that have never been done before in the world.

The fact that you're solving problems that people care about is a pretty big deal.

From the silicon wafer all the way up to integrating on the airplane,

I can't think of another place in the world that you can do something like that.

Some of the things that I've worked on in C4ISR, even if I were allowed to tell you, you wouldn’t believe that, that’s actually possible to go do.

In the context of cyber when you talk to customers and they point you to your own company in terms of collaboration or capabilities that they want to see

versus any of the other companies that are out there, then that’s a-that’s a pretty telling statement.

The fact that we have very high caliber engineers that I get to work with on a daily basis is a thing that I-I take the most pride in.

The biggest value that keeps me grounded is integrity. Going home every day and saying, you know, we did a good job today.

In logistics people relate to the products because they know what they're used for.

The folks on the production floor, they live that every day and that’s really important.

When something needs to get done we don’t have people saying I gotta go home, they're asking you know what can I do to help.

It really becomes a long-term career that we spend here and you know once it gets in your blood it’s-it’s just there.


C4ISR, the Backbone of Operations

Learn why C4ISR is the backbone of military operations and more.

C4ISR, the Backbone of Operations

C4ISR is kind of the-the backbone of operations.

It’s the backbone of decision making, it’s the backbone of formulating actions.

So all of those contribute to situational awareness.

It’s bringing in all these disparate informations, it’s getting it out to stakeholders and it’s making sure that we can close the loop in decision making.

One of the unique things about Northrop Grumman is we’ve got experts that can dive into each component of C4SR.

and we've got experts that can stitch them together to come up with the solutions that we want.

End-to-end solutions means from planning to execution to analysis you understand everything that’s at play.

You know, 20 years ago it was about a platform that did a certain unique function, now it’s about how every sensor, every platform can contribute to the big picture.

Smaller Aircraft, Bigger Results

Discover more about the Hunter program, as well as many other programs across C4ISR.

Smaller Aircraft, Bigger Results

A lot of the people that have been working on Hunter have been working on it for 20 years out here

It’s a family program. It’s a surveillance and reconnaissance UAV.

We can fly very heavy payloads, we can stay aloft for very long periods of time and do reconnaissance in an area instead of putting lives at risk.

It’s very gratifying to see it used in the field and being helpful to the soldiers.

Part of my day that I love the most is the days where I can come out to the flight line

and actually see our product in use, actually fly it and everything is working properly. That’s-that’s the best part.

Updating Today for Tomorrow's Battlefield

Learn about the role C4ISR plays in SABR Architecture and for other platforms.

Updating Today for Tomorrow's Battlefield

Innovation for C4ISR is key.

It’s all about understanding the bigger picture and providing that information to the military, to the intelligence organizations.

So that’s everything from acoustic signals all the way up to light like we see in photography.

Here in Baltimore, we build sensors across that whole band.

SABR is the Scalable Agile Beam Radar which is all about scaling radar capabilities to work on multiple platforms and multiple environments

and the initial program that we’re on right now is upgrading the fleet of F16s throughout the world with this SABR architecture.

We make every part of the system from the chips inside of that SABR antennae all the way up to integrating on the airplane.

I can't think of another place in the world that you can do something like that.

That’s really the benefit of an end-to-end solution.

Gotta figure out the right people, the right technology, fit it all together into a puzzle and pull something great out of it.

And those hard challenges are where that starts.

Assuring Complete Communication

Find out more about how radios can become self-forming networks and more.

Assuring Complete Communication

Quality and communication, um, for us is-is typically measured by how much data you can send and how fast you can get it there

The new systems that are being rolled out, the radios are self-forming networks in themselves

so we provide the communications systems, we provide the radios, we provide the applications,

tablets in the vehicles that have the maps and the display that’s showing that situational awareness data.

That data is then being sent up and that gives the opportunity of the command and control level to see this entire operational picture to make better decisions.

Having that capability to network and route traffic, um, between soldiers on the ground seamlessly is definitely a key capability in the field.

It’s helping them survive difficult challenges. To me that’s the driving factor.


Staying Ahead of Rapidly-Evolving Threats

Get better acquainted with Cyber programs in the space domain, like Advanced EHF.

Staying Ahead of Rapidly-Evolving Threats

Cyber threats in particular, you know, if you just watch the news these days are really changing very rapidly.

The state-of-the-art electronics that we employ in our systems, in particular for space systems really helps us stay ahead of evolving threats.

But one of the challenges with satellite communications in general is we have to make sure it really works the first time.

We don't get a second chance.

We need to make sure that they are in some sense future-proofed.

With advanced CHF, it’s kind of like going into a different dimension in terms of the frequencies that we operate in.

The war fighter won't know it, they won't see it and their adversaries won't be able to attack it either.

I've been in the space business about 27 years and I've worked on many satellites.

There have been times where you see lots of stars and kind of look up and wonder, you know, which one of those is-is the satellite that I worked on?

Protecting Warfighters with RF Energy

Understand more about how the physical and the cyber battlefield are becoming one.

Protecting Warfighters with RF Energy

The cyber battlefield and the physical battlefield are, uh, historically separate.

But Afghanistan and Iraq really showed the whole new front of the theater.

Our adversaries, they started burying improvised explosive devices

and then they started detonating them from further away with like a remote control or something or a radio.

How do you prevent that from happening?

One way to do that is everybody in the convoy start blasting RF energy to prevent the triggering of these devices.

Now imagine that you have that same capability on an unmanned platform orbiting over your convoy.

You're able to guard over a larger area.

In our facility we're trying to provide systems that control not only the physical space but the communications space.

That opens the door for significant capability with cyber technology and cyber warfare.

The threat continues to evolve and it will always evolve.

Our job fundamentally is to anticipate that and be there before they are.

Gaining a Cyber Advantage in the Battlespace

Gaining a Cyber Advantage in the Battlespace

Cyber provides a unique enabler for being able to project force into a conflict environment.

For example if you want to deny and adversary’s ability to communicate with one another,

a perfectly fine, conventional way to do that is to drop a bomb on top of a communications tower.

But a cyber-battlefield can take a cyber-weapon and use it against that target to deny your adversary's ability to communicate

and you can do it without putting human life in harm's way.

So cyber allows us to project force into that domain without necessarily projecting physical force.

Well here at Northrop Grumman we've seen incredible evolution with respect to cyber technologies.

We deal with this rapid change of capability and-and cyber pretty much on a daily basis.

Now at the end of the day this space helps protect our nation and our warfighters that are in harm's way

so there is a personal satisfaction in knowing that you're making a difference and that it does matter.

Our People Make What We Do Possible

Protecting critical data is just the tip of the iceberg in the broader cyber picture. Find out more.

Our People Make What We Do Possible

I started off being a computer engineer and about 10 years in my career was asked to take a position in the defense side of the business.

Once I got into this industry I never turned back.

The work was just so exciting and everyone has a voice. Everyone has an idea, everyone can be heard and I think that’s really key.

When you look at the way the world has evolved, we’re inextricably linked with cyberspace.

So when you think about protecting critical data whether it’s for the government or business, cyber's just so important.

So when I see the effect of what my teams do to keep our warfighter's safe and to bring them home, that's really, really satisfying.


Standing Shoulder-to-Shoulder

Find out more about how Northrop Grumman stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the warfighter.

Standing Shoulder-to-Shoulder

Sometimes people think of logistics as being get a box, get the box to where it’s supposed to go.

Now that's one of about a dozen elements that goes into it.

The other part of logistics is imagination.

Logistics is the original definition of innovation. Logistics is the original definition of innovation.

The ability to look into the future and say we don’t know exactly what the technology will be but we know it’ll be different.

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a warfighter is really important.

because when that piece of equipment gets out on a flight line or it gets out on a flight deck they expect them to work in extreme environments.

and they expect them to work because in a lot of cases those people are betting their lives on them.

A company succeeds because the people that are there either believe in what they're doing and they're willing to take extraordinary steps to accomplish it or they don't.

Modernizing to Stay Ahead

Find out more about why the KC-10 is a stellar example of logistics at work.

Modernizing to Stay Ahead

No airplane is just any other airplane.

Every airplane has its own character.

What we’re working on is, um, sustaining the KC10 for future use with the Air Force.

I came from the fighter world.

I worked on fighter aircrafts for six years while I was in the military.

This is much bigger, it’s a new world.

It's a refueler so therefore it's always gonna be needed.

If planes can't refuel, they can't fly.

They can't fly, they can't protect us as well as our allies.

So it takes a certain type of individual to do what we do. It’s high tempo.

With high tempo comes high stress because we have deadlines, we have schedules and their life depends on us.

Working shoulder-to-shoulder with the customer. Whatever they need, we try to help them with.

We work as a team. You fill with pride when you see that plane take off.

It’s a relief at the same time but you feel a sense of accomplishment and you say "Okay, we've done this.

We've done it, on to the next."

Improving Beyond Accuracy

Understand more about Litening Pod and other Logistics programs.

Improving Beyond Accuracy

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our warfighter means that we are a part of them like they are a part of us.

The lightning pod is a targeting system.

It can detect heat from thousands of feet up in the air down to the ground.

Our mission is to build a quality product in a timely manner to support the warfighter.

It has to be serviceable, it has to be repairable, it has to be a quick turnaround.

You know you want to make sure that the product you're building is gonna hold up.

and it’s not gonna break down when it goes in the field.

I mean that could be their life.

I believe that there is a piece of me and my entire team in every pod that goes out the door or any product that we build at Northrop.

Enhancing the Warfighter's Capability

Product improvement is only one part of the Logistics picture. Learn about the others.

Enhancing the Warfighter's Capability

Technology rolls over very, very quickly. Pretty soon it's obsolete.

You need to keep adding new technology to your product to keep it current.

We actually get a lot of feedback.

We send people out to the field, we have people at the forward bases.

We send people out to the field, we have people at the forward bases.

Logistics is getting product to its end destination, getting it operational and then getting it back for repairs and back to the field.

He needs it. He needs it all the time.

Downtime’s not a good thing to a warfighter.

Our reputation’s on the line when you ship a product.

I don’t want that product coming back for any reasons.

Our products are meant to enhance the warfighter’s capability, enhance his protection.

That’s critical. I want it out there, I want it working and that’s the way the team in the production environment feels.

They take pride in their work and that’s very, very rewarding to me.

Autonomous Systems

Beyond Machines that Can Think

Take a closer look at the X-47B and other programs across the domains of sea, land, air and space.

Beyond Machines that Can Think

Landing an aircraft on the deck of an aircraft carrier is considered the most challenging task that a naval aviator faces.

Being able to launch and recover an entirely autonomous vehicle from an aircraft carrier is just something no one thought we could do.

That is where the tenacity and integrity behind the folks that we have here really come into play.

The X-47B is a historic program.

We have the ability to make autonomous vehicles, vehicles that are aware of their surroundings, they're aware of their mission and can take action without the intervention of a human being.

One of the unique things about the men and women that we have at Northrop Grumman is they are just by their nature innovators.

It's not really a job, it is just a journey that we’re on together.

Keeping Pilots Sharp

Get better acquainted with SandShark and other Unmanned programs.

Keeping Pilots Sharp

Unmanned systems are flown from the ground control station.

The pilot stays back in safety to conduct the mission and a lot of them do great, don't have a problem with it.

The pilot stays back in safety to conduct the mission and a lot of them do great, don’t have a problem with it.

And so training is extremely important because the aircraft are very expensive and we need the training for our maintainers as well as our pilots.

As far as simulators are concerned what they found is they haven't been sufficient for what the takeoff and landing pilots actually need so we have the one-third scale trainer, the Sandshark.

With that they can actually acquire the skills by flying a real unmanned system before they move on to the full-scale airplane.

Every time I see good stories on the news it's a really good feeling because you know that you had a part in training the people who are involved with that and developing systems to perform that mission.

Extending Vision Below the Surface

Find out about Mine Hunter and other Unmanned programs.

Extending Vision Below the Surface

Most systems that we recognize, a car or an airplane, they're designed and built around the human form.

The removal of the human from the actual craft just opens up the design space and the creativity of the designers.

In our case at under seas systems or on the seas systems you can go to depths that you’ve never gone before for durations that humans can't take.

without getting tired, without getting fatigued, without making mistakes.

We design unmanned systems to go in a mine warfare environment.

We can go in now unmanned, sweep, hunt and neutralize never putting the war fighter in harm's way.

So to me that's a win-win for everybody.

The most satisfying part of my job is actually seeing the hardware get done and see it working out in the field and knowing that I worked on it.

Overcoming those challenges together is why I like coming to work every day.

Diffusing Collateral Damage

Delve deeper into CaMEL, Remotec and other Unmanned Programs.

Diffusing Collateral Damage

My work on remote weapons system, we can see in this platform around the corner into danger.

It's not a soldier going around the corner, you know.

It's replaceable. You know, lives aren't replaceable.

At the end of the day I-I mean it might cost X amount of money to make it but it's nothing like losing a person, you know.

We have guys that put together the robots and we have someone that sees to the weapons system.

If we need parts we go to the machinists, if...

And then once they get everything put together they go to me and I write code to make it all actually work.

We've come up with something that has never been done before in the world so that's pretty amazing.

It’s a huge responsibility to not only code these things but, you know, to control them.

And the fact that because I've solved certain problems people are gonna be protected is a great thing.

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