Wes Bush addresses participants at the Global Grand Challenge Summit
Wes Bush addresses participants at the Global Grand Challenge Summit.


The summit is co-hosted by U.S.'s National Academy of Engineering, the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The summit brought together engineers, industry leaders, policymakers, educators, artists and students from around the world to brainstorm ways of harnessing global cooperation to solve common challenges, including sustainability, health, security, joy of living, education and public engagement.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation was a principal sponsor of the summit, and Chairman and CEO Wes Bush addressed the attendees with keynote remarks. Consistent with the company’s interests in promoting the benefits, importance and satisfaction of engineering careers, Bush’s remarks stressed the amazing technologies on the near horizon. He underscored the point with a description of the James Webb Space Telescope. Bush also touched on the importance of ethics to the profession, as well as the value of openness to the vast array of directions an engineering career can take.



This annual week-long, company-wide technology event brought together more than 2,000 employees, customers and university partners to share ideas and see the innovative technologies we are developing at Northrop Grumman. The event drew participants from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and France.


  • Radio Frequency, Sensor, Processing Electronics
  • Command, Control, Decision Support and Combat Systems
  • Information Assurance
  • Mission Engineering and Enterprise Systems
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Data Analytics and Cognitive Autonomy
  • Communications and Networking
  • Cyber Resilience


These innovation and creativity spaces allow employees from all levels and backgrounds to volunteer their time together and turn ideas into inventions. The mission: tackle new challenges, improve affordability, expand capabilities, support early product development and engage employees through exploring the art of the possible.

Employees support the Tech Underground booth at TechFest 2017
Employees support the Tech Underground booth at TechFest 2017.


Innovation is foundational to our history, our legacy and our culture at Northrop Grumman. Every day, our employees solve complex problems and challenges. To help us collaborate more freely at a company level, we created a new company-wide tool, SPARK, that brings together innovation platforms and programs from across the company into one common community.

Using SPARK, employees can comment on one another’s ideas and solutions and collaborate across Northrop Grumman. During 2017, in its first year of its release, more than 20 percent of employee ideas submitted were selected for funding. This funding provided the time and resources needed to explore ways to improve products and mission outcomes through novel ways of approaching a problem, applying lessons learned, or innovative emerging technology.