Deputy Director, Electronics & Payloads
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Michelle Bailey is the Deputy Director of Electronics and Payloads at
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Sector. The 2,000+ engineers of
Electronics & Payloads Directorate design, build and integrate satellite,
aircraft (manned and unmanned), and ground station communications,
radar, and sensor systems. She is based in Rancho Bernardo. Michelle Bailey joined Northrop
Grumman as Engineering’s Avionics Director in December, 2008, following a diverse 34-year
Navy career in engineering and computer science. As Director of Avionics, she managed a
cross-country team of 500 engineers working airborne sensors, radars, and other payloads.
A former director of Logistics and Fleet Support for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems
Command, Michelle was a member of the U.S. Navy’s Senior Executive Service for three years.
Her previous appointments have included responsibilities as deputy chief engineer leading the
Navy’s C4ISR enterprise architecture development and implementing technical authority across
the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Previously she served as the Navy
Communications Program Manager responsible for all ship and selected shore site satellite and
line of sight communications terminals.
She spent 22 years at the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake as a range architect, head of
the Advanced Signal Processing Branch, as well as system engineer and lead software engineer
for the Sidewinder AIM-9R missile.
Her educational background includes a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Naval
Postgraduate School and a master's degree in computer science from California State University
at Chico. She has authored numerous articles published in industry and military journals and
presented at technical proceedings. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational
She is a member and past president of the San Diego Chapter of the International Test and
Evaluation Association (ITEA) and a participating member of the International Council on
System Engineering and the National Defense Industrial Association.
Additionally, Michelle was awarded the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Medal in June 2005
and received the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 1994. She also earned the Naval
Weapons Center Technical Directors Award in 1989. She enjoys biking and swimming and
resides in San Diego with her husband Bill.