Northrop Grumman Corporation has broken ground on a new facility, near Hill Air Force Base, to serve as a future headquarters for its workforce and nationwide team supporting the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, with the opportunity to add 2,500 jobs in the state of Utah.
Kathy Warden, Northrop Grumman chairman, chief executive officer and president, was joined by Senator Mike Lee, Senator Mitt Romney, Rep. Rob Bishop, Rep. Chris Stewart and local community leaders to break ground on the facility and demonstrate the company’s commitment to supporting the U.S. Air Force’s strategic deterrence mission.
“Modernizing the current ICBM system is a national security priority, and we are proud to be here today to reinforce our commitment to the U.S. Air Force on GBSD and our readiness to deliver on this critical mission,” said Warden. “We look forward to this facility serving as home to a diverse and talented workforce, dedicated to developing this next-generation capability that will advance the strategic deterrence mission for the U.S.”
“By standing up the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Program at Hill Air Force Base, we are making the modernization of our nuclear deterrent a high priority, which will be critical for meeting the national security challenges of the coming decade,” said Senator Romney.
Northrop Grumman is currently the largest security and defense company in Utah with more than 5,100 employees across the state, primarily located in Bacchus, Clearfield, Ogden, Promontory and Salt Lake. The new facility is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020.
On Aug. 21, 2017, Northrop Grumman was one of two companies awarded a Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction contract for the new GBSD weapon system program. The Air Force released a request for proposals for the next phase of the program in July 2019 and announced it expected final award in the third quarter of 2020.