Innovation Research and Development

At Northrop Grumman, we innovate to provide advanced defense/security solutions and capabilities to our customers. A critical approach is Systems Thinking, which allows us to design and deliver complex products that are critical to preserving freedom and advancing human discovery.

Our research and development efforts include partnering with leading universities, small businesses and national laboratories to create advanced capabilities; attracting and developing a highly innovative technical workforce including leading scientists and engineers; and advancing science and human discovery.

Systems Engineering and Systems Thinking at a Glance

A Systems Thinking culture is foundational to our business and success. Systems Thinking goes beyond the ability to perform program engineering to include all of our employees helping solve complex problems. This process keeps in mind the impact of every decision on the rest of the system and ensures decisions will be sound for the entire system from initial concept, to capture and through sustainment. Developing a strong Systems Thinking culture, including world-class systems engineering across the organization from top to bottom, is a key discriminator for Northrop Grumman and allows us to better execute on programs, increase customer confidence and grow our business.

Northrop Grumman has a proud systems engineering heritage.

Systems engineering is a key tenet to creating first-time quality and sustainable performance. We work to communicate and emphasize the importance of systems engineering company-wide, across all functions, to ensure that we create value strategically.

Systems Thinking and systems engineering play a critical role within program teams and across the company. Systems engineers ensure the product or solution being developed fully meets mission objectives and is delivered to the customer as intended. Systems engineering considers business and technical needs of customers with the goal of providing a quality product or solution that delivers the objective. When executed well, systems engineering adds value by creating sound proposals, clear requirements, robust designs and effective testing.

Our culture of Systems Thinking is essential to derive the full benefit of our world class systems engineering. Adopting a Systems Thinking mindset across our company – to programs and projects of all sizes and scope as well as our day-to-day activities – reinforces our systems engineered solution development as we drive individual, team and company sustained top performance.

MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U.S. Navy
Systems Thinking is interwoven into our products from initial concept, to capture through sustainment, including MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U.S. Navy.