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    aircraft. Lockheed identified a need for a lighter, faster, more maneuverable aircraft. The company immediately started designing the F-104 Starfighter. There is a major flaw in this line of thinking. The F-104 “responded to a set of circumstances— those of the Korean War— that were already fading into the mists of time”(Terris, 2013). By the time the F-104 was serviceable, the need for the aircraft had passed. The Starfighter simply did not meet the needs of the Air Force after the Korean War. For this reason, the Air Force only ordered 170 aircraft. Lockheed expected to sell around 2,500 Starfighters, so there was work to be done to prevent catastrophic losses. Lockheed turned their attention to overseas markets. “Since they had difficulty persuading governments to place orders for the F-104 strictly on its merits, Lockheed’s overseas executives turned to “unorthodox” sales methods”(Terris, 2013). Lockheed sought people with influences in government that would help sway negotiations in Lockheed’s favor. Middlemen would deliver payments to people of influence in order to secure orders for the F-104. This approach worked successfully in the Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia. Lockheed was able to prevent massive losses with overseas sales of the F-104 Starfighter. “In the end, Lockheed sold more than 2,000 Starfighters overseas; it managed to sell fewer than 300 to the U.S. Air Force”(Terris, 2013). At the time, overseas bribery was not…

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