How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon


They seduced each other. There are piles of taxpayer dollars to be had in “defense”.

(From Pro Publica)

He (Ashton Carter) recruited a collection of tech luminaries, including Schmidt, then the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, by appealing to their patriotism and enticing them with the proposition that the DOD needed the insight and culture of Silicon Valley. Of course, the Pentagon also has an annual infotech budget of $38 billion, and what tech CEO could resist offering products and services to solve the department’s problems?

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