2015 Corporate Responsibility Report

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Research and Development

At Northrop Grumman, we drive innovation across a portfolio of research and development to provide advanced defense/security solutions and capabilities to our customers. We conduct a wide range of research and development work; we partner with leading universities, small businesses and national laboratories to create advanced capabilities; we attract and develop a highly innovative technology workforce including leading scientists and engineers who actively contribute to their fields; and we contribute meaningfully in advancing science and human discovery.

Research and Development active areas include, but are not limited to:
• Aeronautics and Space Systems
• Microelectronics
• Information and Cyber Systems
• Sensors

Systems Thinking at Northrop Grumman At Northrop Grumman, a foundational element to our business success is Systems Thinking, which allows us to design and deliver complex products that are critical to preserving freedom and advancing human discovery.

The primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope comprises 18, gold-coated, hexagonal mirror segments.

Systems Engineering at a Glance
• Using a high-performing Systems Engineering team triples the chance of project success.
• Studies indicate an 80 percent correlation between Systems Engineering and program success.
• Systems Engineering activity between 8 percent and 19 percent is usually optimum.

In 2015, we included Systems Engineering as a key tenet of our annual Quality Symposia. At each event, we conveyed the importance of Systems Engineering and its role in creating first-time quality and sustainable performance. We also are working to communicate and emphasize the importance of Systems Thinking company-wide, across all functions, to ensure strategic value creation.