Northrop initiated a formal partnership with the government-owned Israeli Arms Industry (IAI) in 2008 to outfit Israeli combat aircrafts with radar and missile firing capabilities.
Weapons and military technology provided by Northrop have been
used to kill thousands of Palestinian civilians in the last decade alone. Northrop Grumman is an active enabler of other humanitarian crises around the world, and in the U.S. Northrop Grumman supplies U.S. Border Patrol with the RQ-5 Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to patrol the Arizona Border and terrorize civilians of Latin American descent.
Northrop Weaponry Used to Kill Lebanese Civilians, 1995-2006
Israel bought $45 million worth of Hellfire II missiles in 1995 in preparation for the 1996 “Grapes of Wrath” operation in southern Lebanon. In 1995, 154 Lebanese civilians were killed, and 351 injured by Northrop missiles. Later, in 1999 and 2000 the IDF launched air-to-ground
missiles at civilian electrical plants in order to damage Lebanese civilian infrastructure. Death tolls surged again during the Israel-Lebanon War in 2006.
The IDF killed over 500 civilians using Northrop-equipped Apache helicopters. Over a dozen of the air attacks had no identifiable military target.
Gaza Attack, 2008-2009
The IDF used Northrop-equipped Apache helicopters and F-16s to launch Northrop’s Hellfire missiles. Such use of “non-precision weapons in densely-populated residential areas” caused death tolls to reach 1,300 in three weeks; 5,000 more were injured. The IDF also used Northrop Equipment to target homes, businesses, schools and healthcare facilities in order to further “damage the infrastructure in Gaza, worsening the humanitarian crisis.”
Flotilla Raid, 2010
Northrop-equipped Apaches were also essential to the IDF mission “Sea Breeze.” The helicopters allowed the IDF to land on the Free Gaza Flotilla Ships and kill at least nine activists who sought to bring humanitarian relief to the besieged Gaza Strip. The Northrop-equipped Apache helicopters are sold to Israel with U.S. tax-payer money in contravention of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act. This law restricts restricts the use of the equipment solely for a country’s security within its own borders or for direct self-defense.
Northrop-Grumman Looks for More Political Power
While Northrop-Grumman already holds immense lobbying power, out-spending its larger rival companies (Lockheed Martin and Boeing) by $25 million dollars in the past decade, CEO Wesley Bush recently announced that Northrop-Grumman would move its headquarters from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. by 2011. The increased proximity to lawmakers on Capital Hill will cement the already strong bond between US policy-makers and the military industry. Local peace activists have joined the Coalition to End Needless Tax Subsidies (CENTS).
They have been educating their communities and telling their representatives that they refuse to fund Northrop Grumman’s support for global militarism.
Current Divestment Campaigns Targeting Northrop Grumman
Many educational and religious institutions have initiated divestment from Northrop Grumman. In addition to Hampshire College, Evergreen College and UC Berkley’s more well publicized divestment campaigns, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Carleton University have all specifically targeted Northrop Grumman in their divestment campaigns.
The Presbyterian and Methodist Churches have also cited Northrop Grumman as a company aiding “human rights violations” and a central target for divestment. Indeed, Northrop Grumman has been in the ‘divest’ list of the Divestment Task Force of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church both in its 2007 report and 2010 update.
Where is Northrop Grumman?
- Northrop Grumman Corporate Government Relations
1000 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22209-2278
- Northrop Grumman Corporate Headquarters in UK
16 Charles II Street
London SW1Y 4QU
- Annual Shareholder Meetings:
Third Week in May
1 Space Park Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90278