On Wednesday, October 22, 2008, standing in front of the emblematic Building 5 at the Northrop Grumman industrial complex, Graham Long, a regional planning specialist and life-long Long Island resident, addressed the need for energy innovation. Before its acquisition by the Northrop Corporation, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, and later Grumman Aerospace Corporation was a shining example of groundbreaking American ingenuity in the field of aircrafts and aerospace technologies.
Long asserts that we need to apply the same vigorous dedication to innovation in the development of technologies that will bring about energy independence for our nation.
He stated: "We have our seniors who lead the age of American innovation, and the younger people who heed their call, actually leaving Long Island because they can’t afford to live here, and other places are offering more innovative jobs. The need for clean energy independence presents a challenge, but also an opportunity to create a new product and service based economy, which will put working families to work.
"The way to get our economy back on track isn’t to support the already-failing bailout that puts borrowed taxpayer money into the failed, credit-based economy. The best way to get Wall Street and Main Street back on track is to take on the challenge of a clean energy future, and build our way off oil and fossil fuels.
"We can lead the world in energy innovation, put 5 million Americans to work in the process, and do it right here on Long Island, where innovation is practically in our blood."
At its peak in 1986, Grumman employed 26,000 people. It is best known for manufacturing F-14 Tomcats and the Apollo Lunar Modules that landed the astronauts on the moon. In 1994, Grumman was acquired by the Northrop Corporation and became Northrop Grumman. Most of the Long Island facilities have since been closed or have been converted for other purposes.