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U.S. led attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq showcased weaponry from
Northrop Grumman, the Los Angeles-based defense contractor. The
company's $2 billion per copy B-2 stealth bomber flew roundtrip
nonstop missions from Missouri to Afghanistan and later Iraq. Their
much-touted Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle collected thousands
of images used by military planners to plan airstrikes.
But they do more than built planes and bombers. The company's
Electronic Systems division makes high tech systems like the
Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) which serves as a
military "airborne nerve center" during campaigns.
Since 1994, the company has made a staggering 14 acquisitions,
putting it in a great position to be the Bush administration's
weapons manufacturer of choice. It is strong in the area of defense
electronics and unmanned vehicles, thought to be the new face of
warfare. NG makes a chunk of each of the major fighter planes on
the drawing board; it is the prime contractor on the F-A/E-18 and
subcontractor on the new F-22 and Joint Strike Fighters. And
Northrop Grumman owns the two biggest ship builders in the country,
Ingalls and Newport News.
The gamble has paid off. With the December 2002 buyout of TRW,
Northrop Grumman became the third largest defense contractor in the
United States, behind Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The company also
increased their profile in missile defense technologies, a big
priority for the Bush administration.
Now, on every front, the company is in a prime position to reap
billions as a result of the Bush administration's military
priorities, especially in the war on terrorism and war in Iraq.
From 2001 to 2002, Northrop Grumman's Pentagon contracts grew 67%,
from $5.2 billion to $8.7 billion. Now, the company boasts annual
sales of more than $25 billion and approximately 120,000 employees
operating in all 50 states and 25 countries.
The company figures prominently in the President's military
spending requests-you can see NG in the defense budget, the
supplemental to pay for war and occupation in Iraq and in the
Homeland Security bill.
FY04 Military Budget:
In late September, the House-Senate conference released their draft
agreement for the FY '04 Defense Appropriation Bill. Bush's request
for the Pentagon was large- $379.9 billion, and Congress only cut
it slightly, granting the Defense Department $368.2 billion in
budget authority for fiscal year 2004. While they cut off the top,
they added money to the procurement line. The administration asked
for $72.7 billion, and Congress upped it to $74.7 billion. Some of
Congress' generosity is destined for NG's coffers, including
spending on the following systems:
· $44.5 million for fixes and modifications to the EA-6B
· $46.8 million for modifications to the B-2 stealth
· $86.7 million for the Fire Scout vertical takeoff and
landing unmanned aerial vehicle.
· $23.6 million for a new mini-sub, the Advanced SEAL
Delivery System (ASDS).
The FY04 Procurement Budget also includes billions to buy fighter
planes and sea systems built by Northrop Grumman, either as the
prime contractor, or a major subcontractor. While not all the money
for each program will go to Northrop Grumman, it still adds up to a
major boon for the company:
"Virginia" Attack Submarine
$2.6 billion for 1 submarine
NG's Newport News is producing the submarines as part of a team
with Electric Boat.
DDG-51 "Arleigh Burke" Destroyer
$3.2 billion for 3 ships
NG's Ships Systems is the prime contractor.
LPD-17 Amphibious Transport Ship
$1.3 billion for 1 ship
NG's Ships Systems is the prime contractor.
F/A-22 "Raptor" Fighter
$3.6 billion for 22 aircraft
NG is a major subcontractor developing the radar system under a
joint venture lead by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Joint Strike Fighter
NG's Integrated Systems is a full partner with Lockheed Martin
Aeronautical and BAE Systems for the JSF airframe, and is involved
in a number of other aspects of the plane's development.
F/A-18E/F "Super Hornet" Navy Fighter
$2.9 billion for 42 aircraft
NG is prime subcontractor to Boeing.
President Bush asked Congress to approve an $87 billion Emergency
Supplemental to fund occupation and rebuilding efforts in Iraq.
While the House and Senate are still working out the details, they
are almost certain to designate $1.9 billion to repair and purchase
new military equipment. A chunk of that goes to Northrop Grumman,
· $55 million to replace the outer wing panels of the EA-6B
· $1.5 million to repair stress and fatigue cracks in the
President Bush signed the Homeland Security spending bill for FY04
on September 30, 2003. It allocated $29.4 billion for the newly
created federal department. Included in the budget is money for
Northrop Grumman headed projects:
· $668.2 million for the Deepwater re-capitalization program
and $60 million for a program to develop and test anti-missile
technology for commercial aircraft. Deepwater is a joint venture
between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
· $4 million contract to provide the FBI with a public key
infrastructure to boost the level of security for its information
network. Analysts predict that the contract could double in
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