Northrup Grumman Melbourne Receives Cogswell Award

By  //  December 27, 2012

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Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The United States Department of Defense’s Defense Security Service has presented Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Melbourne facility with the prestigious James S. Cogswell Award for outstanding industrial security achievement.

Northrop Grumman’s Melbourne site was recognized with the Defense Security Service’s elite James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award. From left are Regina Johnson, DSS Southern Region director; Ed Wheeler, DSS field office chief; and Josh Gibson, Melbourne DSS site lead. Receiving the award for Northrop Grumman are Brian Mannix, site security manager; Bill Tate, Military Aircraft Systems director of security and Dale Burton, vice president and site manager. (Image courtesy of Northrup Grumman)

The Cogswell Award is presented annually to a select group of security programs at cleared industrial sites that go well beyond industry standards and, in so doing, serve as an example to other cleared facilities.

Only 26 of the nation’s more than 13,000 cleared facilities received this year’s award.

The Melbourne site earned the honor, its third since 1995, after achieving two consecutive “superior” DSS ratings. Since learning of this year’s award, the site has earned another “superior” rating.

“We build the most advanced air systems in the world, and our customers and our warfighters trust the result, not just because the systems work well, but also because we’ve done it the right way,” said Dale Burton, site manager for Northrop Grumman’s Melbourne facility. “Every employee at this site understands that protecting information is at the heart of our commitment to protect our service members and our country.”

Northrop Grumman’s Melbourne facility is a significant component of the aerospace economy on the Space Coast.

Noted as an airborne ground surveillance center of excellence, the site employs more than 1,300 people and is home to programs for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.


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