Northrop Grumman and small businesses celebrated a milestone of $1 billion subcontracted to local small businesses on a single contract June 30 at its 3535 Northrop Grumman Point location.

Through the Joint National Integration Center Research and Development Contract, global aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman and 28 small businesses, with two headquartered in Colorado Springs [Boecore and Faith Enterprises, Inc.], have provided services to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for 11 years.

The collaboration has provided fundamental solutions and capabilities for warfighting efforts including trainings, war games and IT components.

“Our work touches every military installation along the Front Range and one of our crown jewels of our work here is that it supports the Missile Defense Agency,” said Russ Anarde, corporate lead executive from Northrop Grumman.

Statewide, Northrop Grumman has more than 2,000 employees with three major locations in Boulder, Aurora and Colorado Springs. Approximately 1,500 employees from Northrop Grumman and small businesses support the JRDC.

 “Today does mark a remarkable achievement in $1 billion to small businesses locally,” said Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager of missile defense and protective systems at North Grumman. “Our primary mission is providing protection to nation’s ballistic missile threats around the world and it’s a mission we take seriously and have been in collaboration with the missile defense agency for several decades.”

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For more news about Northrop and its missile defense contract, read the Friday, June 8 edition of the Business Journal.