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Northrop buying Litton

Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Dec. 21 that it had agreed to buy Litton Industries Inc. The $5.1 billion deal would make Northrop a top competitor with companies such as Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. for defense, aerospace, electronics, shipbuilding and information technology. The transaction should close early this year.

In the past few months, Northrop has increased its presence in the federal information technology marketplace with purchases of Federal Data Corp. and Sterling Software Inc.'s federal group.

The purchase includes Litton's recently restructured Information Systems Group, which consists of three Litton PRC Inc. business divisions and Litton TASC Inc. Those companies would become part of Logicon Inc., Northrop's IT unit.

Image World 2 awarded

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a follow-on to its Image World contract to 23 imaging companies in a program potentially worth $15 billion.

The contracts awarded under Image World 2, New Dimensions, were the latest step in providing small and large businesses the opportunity to snag a piece of the federal information technology pie through NIH's Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center. The businesses include companies that provide medical, scientific and satellite imaging. Of the 23 companies, 19 are small businesses.

Agreement adds security

Ethentica Inc. has signed an agreement to provide information security products and services to Lockheed Martin Information Systems' federal and state government customers. The Jan. 3 announcement marks Ethentica's first major foray into the government market. Its products focus on digital authentication solutions.

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