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Northrop Grumman is the third largest arms manufacturer in the world [1]. The US company generates $18.7bn in revenue from its defence operations. Products areas include defence electronics, warships, radar and missile systems and space systems. Specific products include the B-2 Stealth Bomber and the Global Hawk Unarmed Aerial Vehicle. The company employs approximately 120,000 people worldwide, serving U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Northrop Grumman joined the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on July 1, 2013,[1] and has also been an ALEC corporate funder in the past.[2] (See ALEC Corporations for more.) It then cut ties to ALEC in January 2015.[3] (See Corporations that Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.)

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Corporate structure

The corporation has seven divisions:

  • Electronic Systems, based in Baltimore, MD
  • Information Technology, based in Herndon, VA
  • Mission Systems, based in Reston, VA
  • Integrated Systems, based in El Segundo, CA
  • Newport News, based in Newport News, VA
  • Ship Systems, based in Pascagoula, MS
  • Space Technology, based in Redondo Beach, CA

"On December 12, 2002, Northrop Grumman completed its acquisition of TRW Inc. Information about former TRW defense businesses can now be accessed on the Northrop Grumman website."

Political contributions

The Northrop Grumman political action committee (PAC) gave $1,011,260 to federal candidates in the 05/06 election cycle - 37% to Democrats and 63% to Republicans. [4]

For the 03/04 period, the total was $1,185,450 to federal candidates - 33% to Democrats and 67% to Republicans. [5]


The company spent $16,729,865 for lobbying in 2006. Of this total, $1,336,995 went to 17 outside lobbying firms or individual lobbyists including The Livingston Group and Morris Amitay. [6]

In December 2001, wrote about Northrop Grumman's lobbying, "It doesn't hurt that Northrop Grumman has friends in high places, like Secretary of the Air Force James Roche, former Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems chief. Since September 11th, Roche has emphasized the need for more spending on intelligence systems, specifically mentioning Northrop Grumman's AWACS plane. Not content to rest on its laurels, the company is lobbying Congress for a $300 million to upgrade the $1.3 billion B-2 Stealth Bomber, which has successfully completed bombings run in Afghanistan." [7]

According to Washington Technology, "Northrop Grumman Corp. spent $5.6 million to lobby the federal government in the first six months of 2007, the highest amount spent among the largest federal IT contractors, according to the latest disclosure forms filed with the Senate." [8]


Key executives and 2006 pay: [9]          Options
Ronald D. Sugar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer    $4,570,000    $0
Wesley G. Bush, Chief Operating Officer    $2,330,000    $0
Scott J. Seymour, President Integrated Systems    $1,340,000    $820,000
James R. O'Neill, President of Information Technology    $1,200,000    $320,000
W. Burks Terry, General Counsel    $1,330,000    $92,000

More executives from company website: [10]

Board of Directors: Board list on company website


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  1. American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting Board Meeting packet, organizational documents, August 6, 2013, released by The Guardian December 3, 2013.
  2. Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research, project of the Environmental Working Group, Information on American Legislative Exchange Council, archived organizational profile, archived by Wayback Machine December 2, 2000, accessed August 19, 2011
  3. Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Northrop Grumman Severs Ties with ALEC, press release, January 28, 2015.
  4. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed October 2007.
  5. 2004 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed October 2007.
  6. Northrop Grumman lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, accessed October 2007.
  7. Frida Berrigan, "The War Profiteers: How Are Weapons Manufacturers Faring in the War?",, December 18, 2001.
  8. Alice Lipowicz, "Northrop tops lobbying expenditure list", Washington Technology, August 30, 2007.
  9. Northrop Grumman Key Executives, Yahoo Finance, accessed October 2007.
  10. Elected Officers, Northrop Grumman, accessed October 2007.