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Northrop Grumman Closes California Facility, Consolidates ‘Centers of Excellence’

By gguarino | March 5, 2013
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Northrop Grumman announced plans to close its information systems facility in Dominguez Hills, Calif. and designate five centers of design and integration excellence in support of its aerospace systems business.

The California facility is being closed in an effort to reduce operational costs and the centers of design and integration excellence will consolidate work that is currently being performed elsewhere in support of manned aircraft, unmanned systems and electronic attack products.

“Consolidating these centers of excellence will improve our strategic alignment with our customers' need for increasingly innovative and affordable products, services and solutions," said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman. "We continuously examine our operational capacity to determine how we can leverage it in the most efficient and cost-competitive manner.”

The company said the Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence will be located in Melbourne, Fla., and will include work currently being performed at a Bethpage, N.Y. facility. The Bethpage facility will become the Electronic Attack Center of Excellence. 

The Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence will be located at a center in San Diego, Calif., and will focus on the company’s MQ-4C Triton program and NATO Airborne Ground Surveillance program.

Additionally two Aircraft Integration Centers of Excellence are being established in Palmdale, Calif. and St. Augustine, Fla.

“Given the current budget environment, it is imperative that we act to enhance future performance, innovation and affordability for our customers,” said Bush. More

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