From Northrop's sale of business unit signals start of a divestiture trend

A law requiring Defense to restrict integrators from both developing and overseeing weapons systems work should force more sales .

Northrop Grumman Corp. announced on Sunday that it has agreed to sell its defense consulting unit TASC Inc. to an investor group led by the private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and General Atlantic for $1.65 billion, a move that could signal more sales as other integrators shed potential conflicts of interest.

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