One Team’s Journey: DoD Skillbridge

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Each year, over 200,000 service members’ shift from active military service to civilian life. The Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge program gives military members a jump-start in that transition.  In January, Northrop Grumman solidified a partnership with the DoD to offer transitioning service members internship opportunities via SkillBridge. This program enables those separating or retiring […]

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Out in the Open

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​Matt beams with pride when he talks about his stepson and stepdaughter. Both currently serve in the military, like he did years ago. Matt’s steadfast commitment to supporting the warfighter shines through as a father, a veteran and his work as a project manager for Northrop Grumman. But his professional life was not always perfect, […]

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Rising From the Ashes

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At 6:41 a.m. on Aug. 16, 2020, life quickly changed for residents of Northern California. What was first a typical thunderstorm soon produced close to 11,000 bolts of lightning that sparked hundreds of fires throughout the state. Microbursts of 50–75 mph winds cast hot embers miles downwind, rapidly advancing the fires and making the area […]

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Mark Waki: 38 Years of Perfecting Inspiration

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By Adam Ugolnik Throughout his childhood, Mark Waki wanted nothing more than to become a fighter pilot. With those dreams crushed due to poor eyesight, Waki was lost, searching for any opportunity to build a life around his greatest passion — military aircraft. A talented painter and model builder who grew up idolizing model box-top […]

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From Football Dreams to Higher Callings

In 2004, current Northrop Grumman senior principal engineer of system safety William “Tipper” Thomas’ life was just beginning to blossom. As a three-sport athlete at Randallstown High School in Baltimore, Maryland, William had earned a football scholarship to his father’s alma mater, Morgan State University, and was on the way to fulfilling a lifelong dream. […]

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Fifty Years at the Rocket Ranch: Q&A with Ranch Manager Boyd

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How did you find yourself working for Northrop Grumman? I started working at the company, when it was Thiokol, in 1970 (making $2.45 an hour, by the way). This was just four years before we won the contract to build the rocket motors for the Space Shuttle Program. Fifty years later, and now Northrop Grumman, […]

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3-D Printing for a Cause

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When members of Northrop Grumman’s Fabrication Laboratories (FabLabs) in California began recognizing a standout need for personal protective equipment for those on the COVID-19 frontlines, they put their engineering skills to good use: using 3-D additive manufacturing to help produce face shields. Northrop Grumman quickly committed funding for labor and materials. What began as a […]

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