The Air Force Fails Rocket Science

By Stan Crock

WORST OF BOTH WORLDS. So the Air Force solution is to have one company make two rockets. Beyond the benefits of a monopoly, there are other reasons the companies might want a deal.

If the merger is approved, Lockheed Martin would drop its lawsuit against Boeing over the theft of data, which could have cost Boeing a tidy sum, estimated by some at hundreds of millions of dollars. And Lockheed Martin and its Russian partner won't have to worry about being beaten out by all-American Boeing.

Those issues aside, some outside experts think the deal makes sense. "The coun

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