Defense Contractor Is Under Fire for Foreign Purchase of Propellant

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Orbital ATK Inc. has sparked national security concerns among White House officials by shifting to foreign purchases of an essential chemical the company and other Pentagon contractors use to power U.S. missiles and rockets.

Orbital ATK is seeking to remain competitive in the fast-changing aerospace industry partly through its acquisition of more than one million pounds of low-priced ammonium perchlorate from a French joint venture of Safran SA and Airbus SE in the past year.

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