Northrop Grumman`s Contribution to Maryland`s Rich Technology

Northrop Grumman’s
Contribution to Maryland’s
Rich Technology Landscape
Maryland Technology Day
February 28, 2013
R. Eric Reinke, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist
Advanced Concepts and Technology Division
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Northrop Grumman Overview
A Global Security Leader with over 70,000 Employees
Unmanned Systems
Aerospace Systems
A premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems, missile systems and advanced
technologies critical to the nation’s security. Key products include: Global Hawk, Fire Scout and UCAS-D
unmanned aircraft systems; B-2 stealth bomber; E-2D Advanced Hawkeye; Joint STARS targeting and battle
management system and the James Webb Space Telescope.
Electronic Systems
A leader in airborne radar, navigation, electronic countermeasures, precision weapons, airspace
management, space payloads, marine and naval systems, communications, biodefense, and government
systems. Key products include: Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR), F-16, F-22 and F-35 AESA
sensors, airborne early warning and control radars and aircraft missile & air defense.
Information Systems
A global provider of advanced information solutions for defense, intelligence, civil agencies and commercial
customers. Key products include: Cybersecurity Solutions, Command and Control Systems, ISR Systems,
and next-generation network solutions.
Technical Services
A premier supplier of life cycle solutions and long-term technical services for customers globally. Key
products include: Systems support, training and life cycle optimization and engineering, U.S. Army Battle
Combat Training Program, Nevada National Security site management and operations and biometric capture
services for the Department of Homeland Security.
Over $25 billion in annual revenue (93% Defense)
Over $13 billion in annual vendor commitments
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Northrop Grumman History
• Northrop Aircraft was founded in 1939
and acquired Grumman Aerospace in
1994, creating Northrop Grumman
• The “flying wing” design of the Northrop
XB-35 influenced the B-2 stealth
bomber decades later
• Northrop Grumman legacy companies
were early innovators in information
systems, space, and radar development
• Major legacy companies include
Northrop Corporation, Grumman
Aerospace, Westinghouse Electric
Corporation, Logicon Corporation,
Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, and TRW
Today Northrop Grumman is a leader in
growing fields such as unmanned systems,
cyber, C4ISR, and logistics
Grumman F4F Wildcat, 1940
Grumman F-14 Tomcat, 1972
Northrop XB-35, 1946
Northrop B-2 Stealth Bomber,1997 (IOC)
Northrop Grumman RQ-4
Global Hawk
State of Maryland Legacy
• In 1996 Northrop Grumman acquired Westinghouse Defense and Electronics,
eventually becoming the Electronic Systems Sector (ES)
– Westinghouse was based in Maryland starting in 1938
– Facilities in Linthicum, Annapolis, Sykesville, & Elkridge
– Developed first Army ground-based radar and has
continued to produce ground and air based radars ever
~10,000 Northrop Grumman employees work in Maryland at many locations,
making it one of the largest for-profit employers.
• Over the four quarters from Q2 2011-Q1 2012, Northrop Grumman committed
$893 million to local vendors in the state.
• Northrop Grumman consistently ranked as one of the top State Corporate
Philanthropists with over $2.5 Mil donations contributed.
• Today Electronic Systems is a premier provider of electronic systems and solutions
around the globe.
Northrop Grumman is the largest manufacturer in Maryland
Primary Northrop Grumman Facilities in Maryland
Facility: Sykesville
Programs: Navy
Propulsion Systems
Facility: Baltimore IS
Programs: Social
Facility: Aberdeen
Programs: Surveillance
Facility: Millersville
Programs: Cyber range
Facility: Annapolis
Programs: Cyber
Facility: Hollywood/Pax
Programs: UCLASS,
BAMS, Fire Scout, E-2D
Facility: BWI
Programs: F-16, F-35
Facility: Annapolis
Programs: Restricted,
Science, Technology, Engineering &
Mathematics (STEM) Education Outreach
Conservation International
Shoes That Fit
Design Squad
National Public Lands Day
Teacher Grants
Science Olympiad
NASA Space Camp
Teach For America
National Engineers
Cyber Patriot
Students & Teachers
Peep & The BIG Wide
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Design Squad
Junior Achievement
Engineering Scholars
PLTW Advisory Board
Achievement Counts
Science Olympiad
Virtual Worlds
Smart Cart
FIRST Lego League
Eweek STEM Grants
Discover E
VEX Robotics
FIRST Robotics
Community Service
Advisory Boards
Project Lead the Way
Plant Tours
Key Defense Innovation Trends
• Driver – defense budget constraints
• Paradigm shift from proprietary systems
to Open Systems strategy
– Open Architecture
– Open Innovation
• Key benefits of Open Systems
– Third-party insertions vs proprietary systems
– Affordable system upgrades for new functionality
– HW & SW Component reuse
Technical & Business Strategies
Design for Modular Open Systems Architectures
Fosters Innovation
Proactively Responding to MOSA
• State-of-the-art systems to the services
• Easier technology insertion
• Easier/rapid technology Insertion
• Tapping into a larger talent pool
• Flexibility to use 3rd party solutions
• Design leverages reuse & portability
• Published interfaces & standards
• Tech industry advances
Enables Competition
Provides a Competitive Advantage
• Reduced development time
• Agility in responding to customer needs
• Reduced integration & testing time
• Reduce H/W end-of-life issues
• Less expensive technology insertion
• Cost & schedule efficiency
• Lower life cycle costs
• Leverage mainstream market
investments in R&D
MOSA Streamlines Technology Insertion … Lowering Acquisition & Life Cycle Costs
Open Innovation
• Open Innovation - originally proposed by Chesbrough in 2003:
– Paradigm that assumes firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal
ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as firms look to advance their
technology (Chesbrough, 2003)
– Original definition preceded crowdsourcing
• Challenge Driven Innovation – best modern implementation of open
innovation - details in The Open Innovation Marketplace (Bingham, 2011)
– Open Innovation - as described above
– Crowdsourcing - the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a trusted agent
(usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, usually large group of
people in an open call (Howe, 2008)
– Challenge Emphasis - focus on top business opportunities
Creates opportunities for third parties
to participate in defense programs
Open Innovation Opportunities
Northrop Grumman Innovation Network
Northrop Grumman
Business Units
• Source of R&D funds for most
innovative organizations
• New challenges posted about
every 2 months
Innovation Network
Calls For Innovation
• For more information:
External Portal
Best Ideas
NGC-funded R&D or joint R&D
Northrop Grumman Education Outreach
Investing in our Future
• Signature Programs
– DiscoverE - 24 years; >1485 school visits
– HIP (High Involvement Partnership) – 15 years; >130 students
– NG Engineering Scholars – 11 years; >100 recipients; $240K/yr
– TEAACH (Teachers & Educators for Academic Achievement) – 8 years; >200 teachers
• Supporting
– MD State Dept of Education – Teacher of the Year, Project Lead the Way, Gateway to
Technology, PEEPS (Pre-School)
– MD Business Roundtable STEMnet – Pilot for statewide STEM portal
– FIRST LEGO League – partner with UMBC
– Girls Scouts Central MD – STEM Lab - partner with NASA, UMBC
– Anne Arundel Community College – STEM/Cyber Security - Partner with NSA, DISA
– Fort Meade Alliance – BRAC – Partner with BAE, Booz Allen, NSA, SAIC
• Emerging Initiatives
– Cyber Patriots – Partner with AIA to develop next gen Cyber Security workforce
– ECO Classroom -Equip teachers to inspire students to become our next generation of
environmental stewards and innovators.

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