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TEXANS REJECT POTENTIAL FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP OF U.S. DEFENSE COMPANY

 TEXANS REJECT POTENTIAL FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP
 OF U.S. DEFENSE COMPANY
 DALLAS, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine out of 10 Texans consider the sale of distressed U.S. defense businesses to foreign government- owned companies unacceptable and, by a margin of nearly two-to-one, Texas citizens would prefer to see the LTV Corp.'s aircraft and missiles businesses sold to other U.S. companies instead of a company owned by a foreign government.
 In a recent telephone survey of 600 adult Texas residents, 93 percent of the population disliked the idea of foreign government- ownership of sensitive American defense assets, including 83 percent who found it "very unacceptable." Two-thirds of those surveyed, or 66 percent, favored limits on foreign government-ownership of American defense businesses, including a 53 percent majority who "strongly favored" such limitations.
 The same poll revealed that only 14 percent favored a sale of LTV's advanced technology assets to a combination of the French government-controlled Thomson-CSF and its partner, the Carlyle Group, while an overwhelming 63 percent would support a sale to a U.S. team comprising the Martin Marietta and Lockheed corporations.
 The reason most often volunteered for supporting a sale to U.S. companies is the fact that Thomson-CSF is foreign government- owned.
 Frederick/Schneiders, Inc., a Washington-based public affairs research firm, conducted the telephone survey in Texas on May 18-19 on behalf of Martin Marietta (NYSE: ML) and Lockheed (NYSE: LK). The margin of sampling error for data derived from the entire sample is plus-or-minus 4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.
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 /CONTACT: Charles P. Manor of Martin Marietta, 301-897-6258/
 (ML LK) CO: Martin Marietta Corporation; Lockheed Corporation ST: Texas IN: ARO SU:


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