Northrop to move HQ closer to D.C.

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. said Monday that it's moving its corporate office from Los Angeles to the Washington, D.C., area to be closer to key government customers.

Northrop said it was looking for a location in the Washington area, including the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. It plans to pick a site by this spring and open the office in summer 2011. The corporate office will house only 300 of Northrop’s 120,000 employees worldwide.