Jeffrey D. Grant

Jeffrey D. Grant

Former Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Jeffrey D. Grant was most recently the Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems, and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security. In this role, Grant led the division which provides space solutions for civil, military, and restricted customers. Prior to this appointment, Grant was Vice President of National Systems for Space Systems. His primary responsibilities were the acquisition and execution of all space programs for restricted customers, which included the design, build, launch, and operations of major systems. He also was responsible for new business with these customers as well as the evolution of existing systems, including capabilities enhancements and technology insertion.

Grant also served previously as the Vice President of Business Development at Northrop Grumman’s former Space Technology sector. In that role, he led the business development function, overseeing Space Technology’s strategy formulation, program development, marketing and discretionary investment. Grant joined Northrop Grumman via the acquisition of TRW in December 2002. Prior to his joining TRW in February 2002, he held a variety of government and private sector positions. Most recently, he was Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Astrolink International, LLC. Astrolink was an international joint venture to develop and operate a global, broadband telecommunications satellite system.

Before joining the private sector, Grant served for 21 years at the United States Central Intelligence Agency in positions at the CIA/National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Directorate of Science and Technology, and Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Scientific Intelligence. In his most recent assignment at the NRO, he served as Director, Office of Plans and Analysis. During his 18 years at the NRO, Grant also served as a program director for a satellite, launch and ground segment development. In addition, he was the Chief Systems Engineer on two space intelligence collection projects involving spacecraft in both geosynchronous and low earth orbits. Grant also led an advanced technology division to develop and test advanced imagery, communication, and data processing technologies.

Grant currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Space Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, CIA Engineer of the Year, the Intelligence Certificate of Distinction, and the CIA Certificate of Distinction. He was recognized as an NRO Pioneer in June 2023 for his role in laying the foundation for a new generation of NRO Electro-Optical satellites. Grant received a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.