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Palantir built itself into a $20 billion success with a secretive and controversial business. Now it's prepping for life as a transparent public company.

Data-crunching firm Palantir Technologies filed to go public Monday night. Valued at $20 billion, it would be the largest tech startup to debut in the market since Uber's public offering last year. The firm has a reputation for secrecy, and previously kept away from an IPO to keep details of its business under wraps. Details of its business that did surface — like its work with ICE and the Pentagon — have prompted backlash. Palantir's IPO filing also comes amid unprecedented political pressure...
Tags: Google, Amazon, California, Trends, Department Of Defense, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, Wall Street Journal, Palantir, Palantir Technologies, Trump, Alex Karp, Health And Human Services, Customs Enforcement, Google Microsoft


New records show Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have thousands of previously unreported military and law enforcement contracts (GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT, AMZN)

New research shows that Silicon Valley companies have thousands of previously-unreported subcontracts with the US military and federal law enforcement including ICE and the FBI. The subcontracts were surfaced through open records requests filed by Jack Paulson, a former Google researcher who previously joined coworkers to pressure the company not to work with the Pentagon. Microsoft has more than 5,000 previously unreported subcontracts with the Department of Defense and federal law enforcemen...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Fbi, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, Gizmodo, Google Microsoft, Google Amazon, Microsoft Google, Poulson, Jack Poulson, Jack Paulson


Alexander Vindman to Retire After Clashes With Trump

The White House had made clear to Pentagon officials that President Trump did not want to see Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman promoted.
Tags: News, White House, Pentagon, National Security Council, Defense Department, Esper, Trump, United States Army, Appointments and Executive Changes, Donald J, Impeachment, United States Defense and Military Forces, Mark T, Alexander Vindman, Alexander S, Vindman


Army Officer Who Clashed With Trump Over Impeachment Set to Retire

The White House had made clear to Pentagon officials that President Trump did not want to see Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman promoted.
Tags: News, White House, Pentagon, National Security Council, Defense Department, Esper, Trump, United States Army, Appointments and Executive Changes, Donald J, Impeachment, United States Defense and Military Forces, Mark T, Alexander S, Vindman, Col Alexander S Vindman


How wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed to today’s deteriorating civil-military relations

The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police exposed many Americans to an unsavory side of law enforcement. News coverage of demonstrations increased concerns about the actions of police, federal officers and the National Guard, with footage of riot police in Buffalo shoving an elderly man and casually walking past him as he bled on the sidewalk shocked millions of viewers. These and other incidents have led to widespread recognition of the need for police reform. Of particular focus is th...
Tags: Opinion, Iraq, Defense, America, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, United States, Pentagon, Trump, National Guard, LA County, Donald Rumsfeld, Newsom, Mark Esper, Guest Commentary


Army, Navy, Air Force secretaries recommend banning display of Confederate flag on military bases, ships

The decision now rests with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper; Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon with the details.
Tags: News, Defense, Pentagon, Army Navy Air Force, Mark Esper, Jennifer Griffin


Pentagon drafting ban on displaying Confederate flag at bases

In a move that could pit the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior military leaders against President Donald Trump, a draft Pentagon policy document to ban the Confederate flag from being displayed at military bases has been circulating for the last week at the highest levels of the military, a defense official directly familiar with the document told CNN.
Tags: Cnn, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Joint Chiefs of Staff


US aircraft carriers conduct drills in South China Sea

Two US aircraft carriers have carried out drills in the South China Sea, a US Navy spokesman said Saturday, after the Pentagon expressed concerns over Chinese military exercises around a disputed archipelago. The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan conducted dual carrier operations in the waterway to "support a free and open Indo-Pacific," the spokesman said. The drills came as the Pentagon said it was "concerned" about Chinese military exercises in the South China Sea, warning the manoeuvres wil...
Tags: News, US, Ronald Reagan, Pentagon, US Navy, South China Sea


Only Verified Intelligence? A Look At Presidents’ Briefings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. But former intelligence officials say presidents are routinely informed about intelligence even when it’s not definitively confirmed. Intelligence that may be on shaky ground today may foreshadow tomorrow’s calamity. Some questions and answers about how presidents are briefed on intelligence, what...
Tags: Isis, News, Obama, Washington, Osama Bin Laden, White House, Russia, America, Barack Obama, Ap, Afghanistan, Taliban, Pakistan, Pentagon, Cia, Bolton


Sen. Duckworth says she will block over 1,100 military promotions until Pentagon protects impeachment witness Vindman

"It is about protecting a merit-based system from political corruption and unlawful retaliation," Sen. Tammy Duckworth said.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Pentagon, Usa Today, Sen Tammy Duckworth, Sen Duckworth


Trump administration gave a $700M bailout to a $70M truck company after it allegedly defrauded the Pentagon

The Washington Post reports: The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that it will loan $700 million to a trucking firm that ships military equipment, in exchange for having U.S. taxpayers acquire an almost 30 percent stake in the company. Under the unusual arrangement, the Treasury Department will provide the emergency loan to YRC Worldwide, while taking a 29.6 percent equity stake in the company. The U.S. government does not typically take ownership stakes in companies but was given permiss...
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Congress, Washington Post, US, Department Of Defense, US Postal Service, Usps, Treasury, Pentagon, Postal Service, North America, Defense Department, Justice Department, Trump


White House tentatively agrees to leave some troops in Afghanistan past U.S. election

Pentagon officials warned that a complete withdrawal over the next five months could plunge Afghanistan into crisis, prompting Trump to alter his plan to withdraw all U.S. troops by November.
Tags: News, White House, Afghanistan, Pentagon, Trump


He Built a Privately Funded Border Wall. It’s Already at Risk of Falling Down if Not Fixed.

This story first appeared at ProPublica and was co-published with the Texas Tribune. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Tommy Fisher billed his new privately funded border wall as the future of deterrence, a quick-to-build steel fortress that spans 3 miles in one of the busiest Border Patrol sectors. Unlike a generation of wall builders before him, he said he figured out how to buil...
Tags: Post, Texas, News, Colorado, Mexico, White House, Iraq, Milwaukee, Fema, Arizona, Kansas, Fox News, Homeland Security, Pentagon, Mission, New Mexico


Dem Senator Makes Extraordinary Move To Protect Key Impeachment Witness

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will block more than 1,000 military promotions from going through until the Defense Department confirms that a key impeachment witness will not suffer from retaliation for speaking out last year. Duckworth, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that she would block 1,123 senior armed forces promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper writes a statement confirming that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s “expected and deserved” promotion will not be block...
Tags: News, White House, Defense, Joe Biden, House, Army, Pentagon, Tammy Duckworth, Defense Department, Esper, Trump, Duckworth, Senate Armed Services Committee, Tammy Duckworth D IL, Impeachment, Mark Esper


Trump Gives Putin a Pass on Bounties So He Can Target Leakers Instead

In the days since The New York Times broke the news on U.S. intelligence examining claims of Russian bounties being offered to kill American military personnel in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump has turned his ire not at the Russian government, but instead on two of his favorite enemies: the news media and their confidential sources.According to two people familiar with the matter, the president in recent days has privately expressed—“rather loudly,” in the words of one of the sources—his de...
Tags: News, Putin, White House, Russia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Taliban, New York Times, Fox News, Capitol Hill, Pentagon, The New York Times, State Department, Department Of Justice, Times, Donald Trump


Biden criticizes Trump administration appointees with history of Islamophobic and offensive comments

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said this week that two recent Trump administration appointees to the Pentagon and US Agency for International Development "have no business serving in high positions in our government" because of past Islamophobic and offensive comments on social media.
Tags: Joe Biden, Cnn, Pentagon, Biden, Trump, US Agency for International Development


The Air Force's Masterplan to Make the F-15 Fighter Even More Deadly

Here are the upgrades the Pentagon wants.
Tags: News, Pentagon, Air Force


Pentagon report says Russia working with the Taliban and others to expedite US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Russia has been actively working with the Taliban and other groups inside Afghanistan in order to expedite the withdrawal of US troops from that country, according to a congressionally mandated Pentagon report released Wednesday.
Tags: Russia, US, Cnn, Afghanistan, Taliban, Pentagon


Report says Russia working with the Taliban to expedite US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Russia has been actively working with the Taliban and other groups inside Afghanistan in order to expedite the withdrawal of US troops from that country, according to a congressionally mandated Pentagon report released Wednesday.
Tags: News, Russia, US, Afghanistan, Taliban, Stories, Pentagon


Trump: I'll veto defense bill to keep Confederate base names

President Donald Trump is vowing to veto a massive defense bill to keep military bases such as Fort Bragg named after Confederate officers, swimming against sentiment in his own party and imperiling a 3% pay raise for the troops. Trump took to Twitter late Tuesday to threaten a veto of a $741 billion annual Pentagon authorization bill because it would require a host of military bases named after Confederate figures to be renamed within three years.
Tags: Twitter, News, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, Fort Bragg, Confederate


F-35 Are Dangerous Stealth Fighters. Too Bad They Are Missing One Thing.

The Pentagon’s F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters, which it has made the lynchpin of its twenty-first-century air warfare strategy, simply can’t fly far enough. Why not stealth tankers?
Tags: News, Pentagon


Trump approves cutting 9,500 troops in Germany: Pentagon

President Donald Trump has approved a plan to slash the US military presence in Germany by 9,500 troops, the Defense Department said Tuesday. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said the move, which has sparked concerns in Berlin and in the NATO alliance, is to redeploy the troops and will "enhance Russian deterrence, strengthen NATO, (and) reassure allies," as well as improving US strategic flexibility. The move will cut the current troop level in Germany from about 34,500 to 25,000, Trump's ...
Tags: News, Germany, Berlin, US, Nato, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Trump, Jonathan Hoffman


Pentagon says Trump has approved plans to cut troops in Germany

President Donald Trump on Monday approved plans to significantly reduce the number of US troops in Germany after being briefed by top Pentagon officials on the move, which was directed by Trump and has drawn bipartisan criticism that it would weaken the US military's ability to deter Russia.
Tags: Germany, US, Cnn, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump


Amazon Launches Space Push To Drive Cloud-Computing Growth

Amazon.com is boosting efforts to lure military and commercial space organizations as major users of its cloud-computing services, hoping to benefit from rising government spending and burgeoning private investment. From a report: The move by Amazon Web Services, the online retail giant's cloud-computing arm, comes during a multiyear surge in U.S. military and civilian agency spending on space projects, with NASA, the Pentagon and their largest contractors -- including Lockheed Martin -- benefit...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, White House, Tech, Nasa, Aws, Capitol Hill, Pentagon, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Amazon Web Services, Space Force, Ms Carlson, Teresa Carlson, Clint Crosier


Amazon Web Services launches a dedicated aerospace and satellite business

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is upping its space industry game with a dedicated business unit called Aerospace and Satellite Solutions (as first reported by the WSJ) that’s focused on space projects, including from customers like NASA, the U.S. military, and private space players including Lockheed Martin and others. AWS has already served satellite and space industry customers, including with its AWS Ground Station offering, which provides satellite communication and data processing as a ser...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Space, Microsoft, Defense, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Aws, Pentagon, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Aerospace, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Web Services AWS


Sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019

By JAMES LaPORTA Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence. The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security advise...
Tags: New York, News, Nbc, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Obama, White House, Russia, Uncategorized, Sport, Ap, Afghanistan, Soccer, Taliban, Moscow, Pentagon


Intel Officials Informed White House Of Russia-Taliban Plot In Early 2019

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence. The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton al...
Tags: New York, News, Nbc, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Obama, White House, Russia, Ap, Afghanistan, Taliban, Moscow, Pentagon, Associated Press, National Security Council, Intelligence Community


1,700 troops will support Trump's 4th of July celebration plans, Pentagon says

About 1,700 troops will provide support to the "Salute to America" celebrations in Washington, D.C., as well as flyovers of other cities.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Washington, America, Pentagon, Usa Today, Trump


Trump’s Use Of Pentagon Funds For His Border Wall Violated The Constitution, Court Rules

“The Executive Branch lacked independent Constitutional authority to authorize the transfer" of $2.5 billion.
Tags: News, Pentagon, Trump, The Executive Branch


Pentagon: 1,700 troops will support Trump's 4th of July celebration plans

About 1,700 troops will provide support to the "Salute to America" celebrations in Washington, D.C., as well as flyovers of other cities.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Washington, America, Pentagon, Usa Today, Trump