HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 22, 2011 -- The Boeing Company and
Northrop Grumman Corporation today submitted their final
proposal for future work on the Ground-based Midcourse
Defense (GMD) element of the United States' ballistic
missile defense system. Following proposal submission, the
companies released the following statement:
"Our final proposal for the GMD development and
sustainment contract represents the best our companies have
to offer for the future of the ballistic missile defense
program. We are confident that our offer maintains mission
readiness and demonstrates flexibility for this next phase
of the program's lifecycle.
"The final proposal is the culmination of a process
that brought together a broad industry group -- selected
for extensive heritage GMD expertise -- to deliver the best
value and lowest risk to the customer. For the past two
years, we have worked to prepare an expansive proposal
building on our experience as GMD's industry leader and
outlining innovative solutions and a cost-effective
approach to program management and execution.
"We stand ready to execute immediately upon contract
award with the world-class team that designed, developed
and currently supports this national security capability.
"As GMD remains the nation's only defense against
long-range ballistic missile threats, Boeing and Northrop
Grumman are proud of our partnership with the Missile
Defense Agency and remain committed to ensuring GMD is
ready, reliable and affordable."
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Jessica M. Carlton
Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems
Northrop Grumman Information Systems