Northrop Grumman announced in 2013 that it is creating five Centers of Excellence, including the establishment of an Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, to improve its strategic alignment with its customers' need for increasingly innovative and affordable products, services and solutions.

The company broke ground on a new 330,000 square feet manufacturing facility in the fall of 2013, and anticipates creating 400 new high-wage jobs to accommodate the new Center of Excellence. Northrop Grumman continues to be one of St. Johns County’s largest employers with 1,100 employees at their location within Northeast Florida Regional Airport.