Robert W. Helm is corporate vice president of business development and government relations for Northrop Grumman Corporation.
In this role, he is responsible for leading the company's new business development efforts and maintaining effective relations between the company and the U.S. government. His responsibilities also include the company's international operations and the operation of its Washington Office in Arlington, Va., where he is based. He was elected to this position in 1993 and also serves on the company's corporate policy council.
Mr. Helm joined Northrop Grumman in 1989 as corporate vice president of legislative affairs from Honeywell Inc., where he was vice president of business development, Space and Aviation Systems Business. From 1984 to 1988, he was assistant secretary of defense (comptroller), serving as the Defense Department's chief financial officer and the principal contact with defense budget oversight committees in the Congress.
Previously, Helm was senior defense analyst for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and subsequently director of defense programs and national security telecommunications policy for the National Security Council.
He received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in law and diplomacy in 1975 from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides a broad array of technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding, and space technology. The company has more than 125,000 employees and operates in all 50 states and 25 countries and serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.