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Northrop Grumman is the third largest arms manufacturer in the world . 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.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Northrop Grumman joined the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on July 1, 2013, and has also been an ALEC corporate funder in the past. (See ALEC Corporations for more.) It then cut ties to ALEC in January 2015. (See Corporations that Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.)
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
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."
For the 03/04 period, the total was $1,185,450 to federal candidates - 33% to Democrats and 67% to Republicans. 
In December 2001, CommonDreams.org 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." 
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." 
|Key executives and 2006 pay: ||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: 
- Jerry Agee
- James L. Cameron
- Gary W. Ervin
- Kenneth N. Heintz
- Robert W. Helm
- Alexis Livanos
- Rosanne O'Brien
- James F. Palmer
- Mike Petters
- James F. Pitts
- Mark Rabinowitz
- Philip A. Teel
- Stephen D. Yslas
- Ian V. Ziskin
Board of Directors: Board list on company website
- Ronald D. Sugar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation
- Lewis Coleman, President and Chief Financial Officer, DreamWorks Animation SKG
- Vic Fazio, Senior Advisor, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
- Donald Felsinger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sempra Energy
- Stephen Frank, Former Chairman, President and CEO, Southern California Edison
- Phillip Frost, Vice Chairman of the Board, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.
- Charles Larson, Admiral, United States Navy (Ret.)
- Richard Myers, General, United States Air Force (Ret.) Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Philip Odeen, Chairman of the Board, AVAYA
- Aulana Peters, Retired Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
- Kevin Sharer, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Amgen, Inc.
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- National Commission for Economic Conversion & Disarmament, Major Defense Contractors: A Mixed Record on Conversion; see entry on Northrup and Grumman.
- Northrup Grumman Completes Sale of TRW Automotive Business to the Blackstone Group, Blackstone Press Release, March 3, 2003.
- American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting Board Meeting packet, organizational documents, August 6, 2013, released by The Guardian December 3, 2013.
- 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
- Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Northrop Grumman Severs Ties with ALEC, press release, January 28, 2015.
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- Frida Berrigan, "The War Profiteers: How Are Weapons Manufacturers Faring in the War?", CommonDreams.org, December 18, 2001.
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