The Los Angeles Times wants a court order compelling the Pentagon to release information on bonuses and incentives it paid contractors for delivering a beleaguered $40 billion counter-ballistic missile system.

Los Angeles Times Communications and journalist David Willman sued the government on Thursday. They claim that on July 31 last year, the Defense Department blocked their request for financial information on the “large sums” paid to companies that worked on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System, or GMD.

The companies include Boeing, defense contractor Raytheon, security company Northrop Grumman, and space technology company Orbital Sciences.

According to the newspaper, it asked for financial records from Dec. 31, 2001 to March 1, 2014 under the Freedom of Information Act. But the government asserted that the documents contained sensitive trade secrets or financial information and denied the request.

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