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Northrop Grumman  

Linthicum,  MD 
United States
  • Booth: SPONSORS

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees are Defining Possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.

 Press Releases

  • SAN DIEGO AND DALLAS – April 5, 2022 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and AT&T* entered into a collaboration agreement to research and develop a digital battle network, powered by AT&T 5G and Northrop Grumman’s advanced mission systems, to support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). 

    Northrop Grumman and AT&T plan to deliver a cost-effective, scalable, open architecture solution that will help the DoD connect distributed sensors, shooters and data from all domains, terrains and forces – similar to how smart devices connect and share data in our everyday lives. This digital battle network is expected to bring together the high speeds, low latency and cybersecurity protections of private 5G networks with the flexibility and scalability of AT&T’s commercial 5G capabilities and offer a critical capability to support the DoD’s vision for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2).

    “Our collaboration with AT&T brings together some of the best capabilities in defense and commercial communications to meet the evolving requirements of JADC2,” said Ben Davies, vice president and general manager, Networked Information Solutions division, Northrop Grumman. “The enhanced connectivity and networking of information that 5G provides are a great advantage in a military environment and will help the DoD in the development of high-performing and intuitive technologies that quickly and seamlessly share data across a myriad of secure networks.”

    “Our 5G capabilities can help the Department of Defense achieve operational and information advantage when it matters most – protecting our country and freedoms around the globe,” said Lance Spencer, Client Executive Vice President-Defense, AT&T Public Sector and FirstNet. “By bringing our 5G services together with Northrop Grumman’s powerful avionics and defense systems, we expect to create an ideal platform to deliver DoD’s JADC2 vision.”

    The agreement establishes a joint research and development framework to prototype, demonstrate and test AT&T’s commercial 5G networking capabilities integrated with Northrop Grumman’s robust portfolio of capabilities that are at the forefront of military technological advancement that enable the Joint Force. For more information, visit Northrop Grumman’s JADC2 webpage or go here to learn more about AT&T’s work in the public sector.

    About Northrop Grumman

    Northrop Grumman is a technology company, focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the U.S. and its allies. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define possible every day.

    *About AT&T Communications

    We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we @ATT innovate to improve lives. AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). For more information, please visit us at

  • SAN DIEGO – June 7, 2022 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Aeronix, Inc. have been selected to build a secure connective networking layer in space that will help enable the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) vision for the joint force.

    The companies will develop a Space End Crypto Unit (ECU) prototype that will connect platforms and weapons in low earth orbit (LEO) across common architecture, providing added network security to critical missions for the Space Force. Northrop Grumman’s prototype is a flexible, high throughput design based on a single chip, reprogrammable solution and is expected to provide a connected network solution that helps warfighters make decisions faster across a full range of platforms.

    “Our open architecture space mesh networking prototype enables new capabilities in Space Layer Networking to address emerging and evolving customer needs,” said Kevin Berkowitz, director, network solutions, Northrop Grumman. “This offering provides data, communications connectivity, and cryptographic processing at mission speed – a critical element of connecting the joint force.”

    Northrop Grumman collaborated with Aeronix to incorporate high-speed encrypt/decrypt firmware, designed and tested to National Security Agency standards. Leveraging a crypto development kit, Northrop Grumman proved that third-party developers can further contribute to the already rich library of cryptographic algorithms. As part of this new award, this capability will be implemented onto the Space ECU prototype for delivery in 2024.

    As the DoD seeks to connect the joint force, Northrop Grumman’s networking capabilities play a vital role in providing secure global connectivity. Recent demonstrations of the Software Programmable Open Mission Systems Compliant radio terminal have successfully connected third-party industry providers and securely shared information in a platform agnostic, all-domain environment.

    Northrop Grumman is a technology company, focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the U.S. and its allies. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define possible every day.

  • SAN DIEGO – Feb. 8, 2022 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) demonstrated open architecture communications capabilities that will help the Department of Defense (DOD) realize its vision of information advantage and decision superiority for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2).

    In two recent U.S. Air Force demonstrations, Northrop Grumman partnered with Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) to showcase how its Software Programmable Open Mission System Compliant (SPOC) solution can successfully operate simultaneous waveforms with an Open Mission Systems (OMS) interface—an industry first. These demonstrations validated that Kratos and other third-party industry providers can leverage Northrop Grumman’s open software development kit to drastically reduce integration timelines and incorporate new capabilities that will help enable JADC2. The SPOC radio terminal also demonstrated on-the-fly reprogramming capability by replacing one waveform with another, and demonstrated common and stealth communications functions in a live over-the-air test.

    “This technology can significantly enhance warfighter situational awareness, speed up data-to-decision timelines and enable rapid technology insertion from third-party providers,” said Jenna Paukstis, vice president, communications solutions, Northrop Grumman. “Our SPOC solution will create an affordable path to curate functions needed for JADC2 operations, and provides a new offering that will allow the DOD to easily and securely share information across military branches.”

    Northrop Grumman’s SPOC solution provides the Air Force with an open architecture, advanced connectivity capability that is designed to address near-term JADC2 mission needs. The company’s SPOC solution provides simultaneous access to four radio frequency waveforms to help interconnect the joint force in JADC2 environments. 

    Kratos provided their industry standard BE-CDL waveforms and software-programmable tactical radios for the demonstrations. BE-CDL integration with the SPOC solution was straightforward, as was the successful demonstration of CDL interoperability between SPOC and the USG qualified Kratos’ MissionWave120 tactical radios.

    “Kratos’ tactical waveforms enable the interoperability vision of JADC2 while increasing operational flexibility through software programmability. The need to rapidly develop and deploy software-defined solutions across domains in relevant timeframes will be key to mission success in the future,” said Chris Badgett, vice president of Technology, Kratos Space. “Northrop Grumman’s SPOC solution is well designed, underpinning the plug-and-play integration of open third-party waveforms such as Kratos’ library of tactical waveforms.”

    Northrop Grumman was awarded a SPOC contract by the U.S. Air Force in January 2020. The company will move its SPOC solution to the next stage of development with a flight demonstration planned for next year.

    Northrop Grumman’s systems, including its SPOC capabilities, will enable data as a strategic advantage across domains. The company is bringing its extensive expertise in advanced technology, software, platform integration, advanced sensors, autonomy, manned-unmanned teaming and advanced networking across all domains to support emerging JADC2 needs across the DOD and our allies.

    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) develops and fields transformative, affordable technology, platforms and systems for United States National Security related customers, allies and commercial enterprises. Kratos is changing the way breakthrough technology for these industries are rapidly brought to market through proven commercial and venture capital backed approaches, including proactive research and streamlined development processes. At Kratos, affordability is a technology and we specialize in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, combat systems and next generation turbo jet and turbo fan engine development. For more information go to

    Northrop Grumman is a technology company, focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the U.S. and its allies. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define possible every day.

    • Advanced technologies better connect the military through increased networking and helping the military remain agile.
    • Digital transformation is forcing a change in approach; a joint force, a more connected force, is needed to defeat today and tomorrow's threats.          
    • Northrop Grumman is poised to help their customers transform military operations with the 'Internet of Military Things'.

    For decades across the aerospace and defense industry, companies have created individual defense capabilities, such as a new aircraft, based on the mission needs of their particular military customer. Developing these capabilities meant creating hardware and software unique to that system and unique to the manufacturer.

    While that process resulted in the military receiving highly-advanced capabilities, excellent at performing the intended mission or task, it also resulted in programs that locked the customer into the same supplier for sustainment and modernization for decades.

    Continuously advancing technologies are changing that paradigm and changing the business of defense and national security. And this digital transformation is paving the way for delivering what the military needs — rapidly developed new capabilities to meet changing threats.

    The changing battlefield

    The modern battlefield is a complex place, with planes, satellites, and uncrewed aircraft hovering above; command posts, ground troops, radar, and missile-defense systems below; and perhaps ships lined up off the coast and submarines at sea.

    All of these military systems and tools need to communicate effectively if defense personnel are to easily collaborate on missions. But militaries across the globe have traditionally developed proprietary, incompatible networks and systems — even within individual branches.

    A sweeping military concept called Joint All-Domain Command and Control, or JADC2, is poised to change the picture dramatically. It calls for connecting all sensors – such as radars and antennae – with communications systems across all military branches and sharing their information on a single network known as the Internet of Military Things (IoMT). By enabling secure data sharing and by unleashing the power of artificial intelligence, the IoMT will transform battlefield operations into a synchronized whole that is capable of making rapid, information-driven decisions.

    "The Internet of Military Things is the way of the future," said Scott Stapp, Northrop Grumman's chief technology officer. "It's going to significantly improve the effectiveness of military operations."

    Commercial advances now lead to military advances

    For most of our lives, we've benefited from military technology being passed from the military to the commercial world. The examples are plentiful — from the radars keeping our cars safely apart on the highway to GPS helping us navigate a new city to the processing chips in our mobile phones. These technologies started in the military and are now essential to our daily lives; that's been the traditional path of advanced technology.

     "You can connect to finances online, your tax records, to your health records. You can share information with your doctors instantly, everything is being connected," Stapp said. "It's all about dramatically increasing data flow, which includes voice and data communications."

    That ubiquitous connectivity is not yet available to the military, meaning defense forces aren't as connected or capable as they could be.

    "The military is not set up like that. It's set up as individual branches," Stapp added. "So sharing and learning what that data can do to improve mission-capability is a key goal in the development of the Internet of Military Things."

    According to Stapp, Northrop Grumman is committed to making sure that as they develop capabilities for individual military branches, they're network-friendly from the outset and optimized to talk to as many other systems as appropriate.

    "You'll begin to see, in military technology, the connectivity we have at home," Stapp said. "I recently installed a home theater comparing two great systems. One had better sound quality, but the other plugged seamlessly into my network. I chose the other because I valued the better connectivity."

    Testing the theater of the future

    As it continues to build the capabilities within the IoMT to be open and interoperable, Northrop Grumman is also developing the secure, interconnecting command and control networks that bring all of these things together. A previous military exercise involving the US Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) and missile defense system illustrates how the company's connective technology makes a crucial difference on the battlefield.

    In the test, a mock cruise missile was fired, and was instantly detected by a Northrop Grumman-built US Marine Corps radar system and an F-35 fighter jet. The sensors were deliberately jammed and therefore unable to independently identify the target, but upon receiving cues from the other two assets via the connective tissue of IBCS, the system fired a surface-to-air missile that successfully shot down the surrogate cruise.

    Just a few short seconds of shared communication made the difference between success and failure.

    "Normally these military systems would never talk to each other," Stapp said. "Because they did, one system that had lost its own eyes and ears was able to use its weapon thanks to the network provided by our engineers."

    Northrop Grumman is also developing a family of reprogrammable radio communication systems that will allow the US Air Force to share intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information over a single network. Jenna Paukstis, vice president, communications solutions business unit at Northrop Grumman, said the company's family of open architecture, software-defined Freedom Radios, continually incorporate third-party innovations that not only help enhance the flow of information across the DoD, but will provide the enhanced situational awareness capabilities needed to maintain a strategic advantage in an age of technology-driven conflict.

    "Our plug-n-play, adaptable radios, and gateways allow us to get the right data to the right user at the right time, and these systems are well positioned to help make IoMT a reality for men and women in uniform," Paukstis added.

    Making better decisions with artificial intelligence

    Northrop Grumman is expanding defensive capabilities with AI and machine learning algorithms, which ingest enormous volumes of information and interpret it much faster than humans can, leading to faster and better decision-making. An AI-orchestrated response also conserves firepower, coordinating operations in the heat of battle so multiple weapons systems don't all shoot at the same target simultaneously.

    "If you have hundreds of missiles coming toward your base, a human will never be able to figure out which ones to target at which times, but AI can," Stapp said.

    At a more advanced level, future AI systems will enable both piloted and uncrewed systems to share intelligence and act autonomously when necessary.

    High-powered computing in small spaces

    "AI requires massive computing power and server farms for storage, but in the military you don't have that luxury," Stapp said. "You need to shrink a thousand computers down to a size that can fit onto an airplane or a satellite."

    Northrop Grumman is working to solve the problem by boosting the processing power of existing chips while collaborating with universities to develop lightning-fast quantum computing for the future. In the meantime, it has created effective data-preprocessing techniques that weed out noise and deliver the details critical to mission success.

    "A fighter aircraft collects terabytes of radar data. Preprocessing reduces it to actionable kilobytes," Stapp said. "Rather than being inundated with thousands of bits of information, preprocessing allows the pilot to focus on what really matters. The pilot simply sees a red dot on the screen showing the threat and its range, altitude, and angle."

    The IoMT creates infinite possibilities

    Northrop Grumman continues to lead system development to connect disparate systems, making it possible for information sharing via translators and other technological work-arounds.

    "We can help systems that can't talk understand each other, we do that now, but in the future we won't need work-arounds, systems will understand each other from day one," Stapp said. "The interoperability and connection of the IoMT means our collective defense forces will be able to see events, understand them, make better decisions, and then act faster than the enemy. That will be the real strategic advantage."

    The ability to coordinate operations across domains and make sound split-second decisions based on the most accurate intelligence available, no matter where it comes from is a vision that Northrop Grumman is helping make a reality.

    "We can't even imagine all the possibilities the IoMT will create," Stapp said. "The first step to harnessing those possibilities is for businesses to embrace open-systems, to embrace connectivity."