Lockheed Martin, perplexed at the government's strident stance on the company's proposed merger with Northrop Grumman, is assessing at what point the acquisition can no longer be justified. That's the $11.6-billion question senior management is pondering in the wake of a recent conference with top Pentagon and Justice Dept. officials. At that meeting, company officials were told what it would take to win approval of the transaction and were presented with three choices: -- ...

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