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Silicon Valley goes to war
At Andreessen Horowitz’s recent American Dynamism summit, Hadrian founder and CEO Chris Power painted a picture of the country in peril. “I’m here to talk to you about an existential risk to the
Rocket Lab carves off defense-focused subsidiary for national security customers
Launch provider Rocket Lab is establishing a subsidiary to handle its sensitive U.S. government business, like launching spysats and experimental military spacecraft. Rocket Lab National Security LLC
Joby Aviation’s contract with US Air Force expands to include Marines
The United States Department of Defense is deepening its relationship with electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft company Joby Aviation. Joby said Wednesday that it is expanding its
Dcode Capital raising $50M fund to build bridge between startups and federal government
While startups could serve as a lifeline of innovation, the process to get a government contract is thorny and long. Dcode wants to help.
Shield AI raises $165M at a $2.3B valuation to fuel development of its military autonomous flying systems
Technology built with defense in mind is getting some significant and serious traction at the moment, spurred by world events, advances in technology and a growing appetite from end users to invest in
At the first UFO hearing in 50 years, the Pentagon says unexplained reports are way up
An unusual hearing in Congress posed unusual questions to government officials Tuesday, marking the first congressional hearing on UFOs — now called UAPs or “unidentified aerial phenomena̶
Biden’s answer to high gas prices is to boost US battery production
President Joe Biden will trigger the Defense Production Act to secure U.S. sources of critical minerals and materials like lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite and manganese that are used to make batter
The US must harness the power of Silicon Valley to spur military innovation
Harnessing the extraordinary potential of the U.S. private sector and bringing its vastly superior resources to bear more effectively is the key to prevailing in this strategic competition.
Reigniting the Pentagon and Silicon Valley partnership
Mike Brown Contributor Mike Brown is the director of the Defense Innovation Unit. Prior to DIU, Mike served as CEO of Symantec Corporation and Chairman and CEO of Quantum Corporation. Mike also served
US government agencies bought Chinese surveillance tech despite federal ban
This story was reported in partnership with video surveillance news site IPVM. At least three U.S. federal agencies, including the military, have purchased China-made video surveillance equipment bann
US federal agencies told to patch hundreds of security bugs
The Biden administration has ordered nearly all federal agencies to patch hundreds of security bugs, some that were first found the best part of a decade ago. The new binding operational directive, is
It’s time to end the war at home for troops with traumatic brain injuries
We need a concerted effort from the Department of Defense and the Veterans Affairs Administration to move proven science out of the lab and into the world to help people in need.
US Space Force awards $87.5M to Rocket Lab, SpaceX, Blue Origin, ULA for next-gen rocket testing
The U.S. Space Force, the military branch spun out of the Air Force in December 2019, has announced its next batch of awards for projects related to next-gen rocket engine testing and upper-stage impr
Intel inks deal with Department of Defense to support domestic chip-building ecosystem
Intel has signed a deal with the Department of Defense to support a domestic commercial chip-building ecosystem. The chipmaker will lead the first phase of a program called Rapid Assured Microelectron
With more cash and a launch, Vannevar Labs is reconnecting Silicon Valley to its defense industry roots
Silicon Valley was once one of the most productive regions in the country for the defense industry, churning out chips and technologies that helped the United States overtake the Soviet Union during t
Why regulators love Nuro’s self-driving delivery vehicles
Nuro's autonomous vehicles (AVs) don't have a human driver on board. There's no room in the narrow chassis for a driver's seat, no need for a steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals.
Silicon Valley should fight its stigma against military work
The military is rightly described as a cross-section of the United States, and supporting those who serve is a Silicon Valley tradition, good business practice and the right thing to do.
GSA blocks senator from reviewing documents used to approve Zoom for government use
The General Services Administration has denied a senator’s request to review documents Zoom submitted to have its software approved for use in the federal government. The denial was in response
Anduril raises $450M as the defense tech company’s valuation soars to $4.6B
The AI-powered defense company founded by tech iconoclast Palmer Luckey has landed a $450 million round of investment that values the startup at $4.6 billion just four years in. In April, reports sugg
Microsoft gets contract worth up to $22 billion to outfit US Army with 120,000 AR headsets
The killer use case for AR/VR might just be warfare. Today, Microsoft announced that it has received a contract to outfit the United States Army with tens of thousands of augmented reality headsets ba