Digital Transformation

Northrop Grumman is harnessing integrated digital technologies to rapidly conceptualize, design, build, and sustain value-driven solutions.

Digital Ecosystem

Northrop Grumman is harnessing integrated digital technologies to rapidly conceptualize, design, build, and sustain value-driven solutions.

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Digital Transformation

The defense industry is undergoing a digital transformation. Northrop Grumman is leading the way in partnering with our customers on their digital transformation. We are designing, testing and deploying capabilities faster to respond to current and emerging needs. We have existing partnerships with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, other branches of the Department of Defense and NASA to deliver integrated digital capabilities across our portfolio of new and legacy programs.

Our success as a partner in digital transformation includes our expertise in digital engineering, DevSecOps, artificial intelligence/machine learning, advanced manufacturing, and open architecture woven with Lean-Agile methodologies.

Careers in Digital Transformation

Want to join our digital culture and help define what’s next? Northrop Grumman has been pushing the boundaries of technology for decades and continues to make advances across air, cyber, land, sea and space.

Explore these opportunities: start a career Defining Possible today.

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The B-21 Raider: A Bomber That Is Both Low Observable and Easier to Maintain

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DevStar for B-21 Design, Build, Sustainment

Benefits of Digital Transformation

The results of our digital transformation speak for themselves. Northrop Grumman is architecting the LGM-35A Sentinel (GBSD) program digital engineering ecosystem to be a unified collaboration environment with common tools and processes, thereby enabling effective engineering and manufacturing development.

Learn more about Sentinel
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The Role of Digital Engineering in a Major Milestone for Sentinel (GBSD)

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Northrop Grumman and US Air Force Collaborate to Meet Integrated Baseline Review Milestone

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Our customers are looking for faster cycle times and more affordable systems to counter rapidly evolving threats with a need to maintain capability and capacity. Northrop Grumman understands the speed of relevance for the warfighter and we are performing at that speed with efficiency and agility.  We are at the forefront of implementing digital engineering, DevSecOps and Agile principles and practices across our portfolio of new and legacy programs to meet that need.

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Careers in Digital Transformation

Want to join our digital culture and help define what’s next? Northrop Grumman has been pushing the boundaries of technology for decades and continues to make advances across air, cyber, land, sea and space.

Digital Technologies

Speed. Quality. Efficiency.

Digital accelerates our operations and strengthens our performance.

Integrated digital models of our capabilities and platforms enable a seamless design approach.  We can make changes in real time and visually see those improvements reflected in the models. What once was a cycle of designing, building, prototyping and testing a capability or platform can now be done digitally and simultaneously, accelerating operations.

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Digital Engineering

We are applying digital engineering practices to connect the entire program lifecycle – from engineering, to supply chain, to manufacturing and production. This allows us to integrate our testing, quality, and performance evaluation earlier in the process.

This shift accelerates our design processes so that we can deliver faster and more efficiently for our customers.

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Digital Twin

By using virtual simulation and real-time data, a digital twin rapidly evaluates system performance in ever-changing environments.

As a founding member of the Object Management Group’s Digital Twin Consortium, Northrop Grumman is committed to partnering with both the commercial and aerospace and defense industry to drive the innovative technology of digital twins forward.

In partnership, this digital twin definition was created.

What is a Digital Twin?

A digital twin is a virtual representation of real-world entities and processes, synchronized at a specified frequency and fidelity.

  • Digital twin systems transform business by accelerating holistic understanding, optimal decision-making, and effective action.
  • Digital twins use real-time and historical data to represent the past and present and simulate predicted futures.
  • Digital twins are motivated by outcomes, tailored to use cases, powered by integration, built on data, guided by domain knowledge, and implemented in information technology/operational technology systems.

The foundational elements of the definition are captured in the first sentence: the virtual representation, the real-world entities and processes it represents, and the mechanism by which the virtual and real-world entities are synchronized.

By using virtual simulation and real-time data a digital twin rapidly evaluates system performance in ever-changing environments.

What is a Digital Thread?

A digital thread is an extensible, configurable, multi-directional integration of authoritative technical data, software, and information throughout a system’s life cycle, enabling the capture of decision making information and knowledge. With our customers and end user in mind, the digital thread provides the framework for continuous feedback and incremental opportunities to build, refine and verify in a Lean-Agile framework.

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Our mission critical systems require more than just DevSecOps. Which is why, in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, we created an all-encompassing strategy called Dev*Ops (pronounced DevStarOps) to deliver capabilities to our platforms faster and more reliably.

Dev*Ops – the evolution of DevSecOps

Dev*Ops is a set of continuous practices that bridge the gap between development (Dev), operations (Ops), and all other organizations in between (*) responsible for delivering the system. In addition to security (Sec), embedded systems demand a variety of features such as safety or air worthiness. The traditional wildcard character, (*), encompasses all of these specialty demands in the term Dev*Ops - essentially emphasizing speed, quality, focus and security.

Dev*Ops can be applied to all systems and can dramatically change the way we do business.

Dev*Ops achieves these goals by driving changes that deliver benefits such as faster time to delivery, improved quality and cost to the customer, and improved organizational efficiencies that increase productivity.

Northrop Grumman Contracted to Provide DevSecOps Capabilities for US Air Force

DevSecOps or Dev*Ops Best Practices

Dev*Ops is more than a process and tools. Dev*Ops drives change through continuous delivery of value, improved quality of systems, and increased affordability.

  • Culture - Create a set of values that promote collaboration across functional areas to achieve one common goal.
  • People - Empower individuals to come together as collaborative, cross-functional, self-organizing teams.
  • Tools - Employ tools to promote transparency, collaboration and automation.
  • Process - Utilize lean practices to assure sustainable delivery of value and continuous improvement.
  • Technology - Automate every phase to ensure quality and rapid delivery of value.
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AI in Aerospace

The result of using machine learning and artificial intelligence across our development process is increased reliability, testing environments that uncover new insights with greater speed and the ability to improve outcomes over time.

In the field, artificial intelligence is critical for equipping warfighters with the ability to make better informed decisions at the speed of relevance. Our proven algorithm development and implementation has developed leading-edge artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions that can process massive amounts of data securely and quickly, delivering actionable intelligence directly into the hands of those who need it most, wherever they are.

As one of the Department of Defense’s most trusted partners, Northrop Grumman is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to bring forward new and emerging capabilities needed to succeed in the age of data-driven warfare.

Artificial Intelligence

Northrop Grumman’s innovative team brings significant experience and investment to create and deliver artificial intelligence and machine learning systems across land, sea, air, space and cyberspace. Our technology is focused on enabling decisions at the speed of the mission in complex and dynamic environments. We are also facilitating training in the cloud and driving decision making to the edge in low size, weight and power environments.

Northrop Grumman’s artificial intelligence engineers, cognitive scientists and aerospace experts are relentless in seeking new ways to employ this powerful technology.

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Autonomy in Digital Transformation

The trends are clear: autonomy is a critical technology that will lead our customers into the future. As technology moves beyond automation, autonomy and autonomous systems bring efficiencies to bear in many areas.

Autonomous Systems:

  • transform and multiply existing forces with vast improvements in capacity, capability and efficiency;
  • enable new concepts of operations and force structures so users can better meet mission objectives;
  • make unmanned systems less dependent on continuous communication;
  • automate the real-time tactical decision-making humans currently provide for manned and unmanned systems;
  • improve the efficiency and accuracy of tactical decision-making required to operate multiple, cooperating systems in complex, dynamic, hostile environments;
  • reduce overall manpower, and;
  • provide an effective interface for humans to manage system behavior at all levels, from total force to individual subsystems.
Learn more about Autonomous Systems

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

A secure and ethical approach to developing AI-enabled solutions is the cornerstone of our strategy to meet evolving customer needs. Northrop Grumman has a robust history in AI and is a technology leader, at the forefront of emerging capabilities and trusted solutions. Our innovative team brings significant experience and investment to create and deliver responsible artificial intelligence and machine learning systems across land, sea, air, space and cyberspace.

AI-Enabled Operations 

Northrop Grumman is applying responsible artificial intelligence and machine learning across our business and manufacturing processes to discover new insights which enable greater operational speed and improved bottom-line outcomes in a secure and ethical manner.

Using AI-enabled inspection, monitoring, and decision support algorithms throughout the product lifecycle, we are improving speed, quality and cost for our customers.

Our responsible AI ecosystem provides the tools and guidance to develop and operate robust, equitable, and human-centered AI, enabling business efficiencies across the enterprise.

As one of the Department of Defense’s most trusted partners, Northrop Grumman continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible with a commitment to deliver technology in a safe, effective and ethical way.

From Shuttle Watcher to Acclaimed Engineer


Agile Transformation

At Northrop Grumman, we understand the importance of the mission and the need to deliver value at the speed of relevance. Lean-Agile and digital engineering are complementary solutions that promote a cohesive collaboration between development, security and operations working towards continuous and rapid integration and delivery. This is achieved through intimate and transparent collaboration across program teams and disciplines.

We understand the need for the entire organization to act with a Lean-Agile mindset, both internally and with customers and suppliers. We value partnership with our customers and suppliers in creating a quick feedback loop which is a proof point of our success in regular delivery of value. We inspect and adapt to the evolving needs of our business, suppliers, and customers.

Our Lean-Agile journey started over ten years ago with software-mission critical programs. We embrace our proven success with our Lean operations, which adheres to innovative thinking, built-in quality, and minimizing process waste with focus on value delivery and relentless improvement. Through our continued commitment to excellence and innovation, we have learned the value of applying Lean-Agile principles and practices to all aspects of our business and operations.  As a result, our employees apply innovative thinking every day to our solutions and to our business and management practices leading to a more positive work experience. We have an exceptional community of Lean-Agile talent and thought leaders who coach, mentor, and model this growth mindset and are dedicated to a sustainable model for continuous improvement.

Together we create a Lean-Agile culture where digital transformation can thrive.

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The End Game

While once the stuff of science fiction, virtual and augmented reality are now accessible to just about everyone. 

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Automation and Robotics

Our manufacturing experience is a critical part of its success in supporting the latest in fighter aircraft.

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Advanced Manufacturing Technology

We're a technology-driven organization that develops new methods and processes for air vehicles.

Digital Leadership

We continually employ new digital solutions across our business that revolutionize how we design, test, and manufacture the next generation of systems. These solutions are enhancing our productivity and performance, all while maintaining the highest quality.

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Northrop Grumman to Modernize and Advance AFRL Intelligence Information Systems

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Digitally Transforming Sustainment and Modernization

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Women in Technology: Digital Transformation a Key to Success at Northrop Grumman

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Digital Sustainment Tools Enhance Mission Readiness

Sustainment is a vital element of any product’s lifecycle.

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Northrop Grumman to Develop Digital Twin of Company’s Testbed for Digital Mission Systems

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Seeing Double

Harnessing Digital Agility on Northrop Grumman’s G/ATOR program

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Northrop Grumman Downselected as Sole Contractor for US Air Force F-16 Electronic Warfare Suite

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Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Successful Open Mission Systems Compliant Advanced Sensor

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Northrop Grumman Completes First Flight of Global Hawk Ground Station Modernization Program

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How Northrop Grumman Is Giving Aircrews an Edge in Electronic Warfare

Going digital provides a generational leap in capability

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Northrop Grumman Advances Maritime Electronic Warfare Capability with Follow On Production Contract From US Navy

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Northrop Grumman’s EGI-M Navigation System Completes Critical Design Review

Explore Careers

Northrop Grumman has been pushing the boundaries of technology for decades and continues to make advances across air, cyber, land, sea and space.

Explore our opportunities to start a career Defining Possible today.

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Digital Transformation Jobs

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Digital Engineering Jobs