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Feb 14, 2020 at 11:24. 12 comments

Amazon Wins Court Injunction, Halting Work on $10 Billion JEDI Contract It Lost to Microsoft

Amazon Wins Court Injunction, Halting Work on $10 Billion JEDI Contract It Lost to Microsoft

A federal judge just put the brakes on a major military contract after Amazon argued it only lost out to rival Microsoft because the president wanted to “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos .

This injunction marks the latest development in the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project’s ongoing saga. The contract—an up to $10 billion purchase order to set up cloud computing services for the...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 14, 2020. 17 comments

Report: 51 Members of Congress and Their Spouses Collectively Own Millions in Defense Stocks

Report: 51 Members of Congress and Their Spouses Collectively Own Millions in Defense Stocks

51 members of Congress or their spouses own between $2.8 million to $5.3 million worth of stock in the top 30 defense contractors worldwide, Sludge reported on Monday, thus placing them in a position to potentially profit from the U.S. military contracting process or wars waged with the firms’ equipment.

According to Sludge, the data was compiled by having a bot sift through financial...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 17, 2019. 20 comments

Defense Department, Army Units Post Glossy Photo of Nazi War Criminal to Facebook

Defense Department, Army Units Post Glossy Photo of Nazi War Criminal to Facebook

Today in extremely bad decisions: The Department of Defense as well as the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and XVIII Airborne Corps uploaded the same glossy, artificially colorized headshot of reviled war criminal and Waffen-SS officer Joachim Peiper to Facebook on Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported.

The posts were ostensibly part of a series commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 10, 2019. 10 comments

Amazon Says It Lost $10 Billion Military Contract Because Trump Wanted to 'Screw' Jeff Bezos

Amazon Says It Lost $10 Billion Military Contract Because Trump Wanted to 'Screw' Jeff Bezos

Amazon thinks it lost a military cloud computing contract worth $10 billion to rival Microsoft because our vendetta-addled president wanted to personally “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos, court documents show.

Per the New York Times, Amazon wrote in a federal court complaint unsealed on Monday that Pentagon officials reviewed outdated Amazon submissions for the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 28, 2019. 14 comments

Oracle Document Claiming an Amazon 'Conspiracy' to Win Military Contract Makes It to Trump's Desk

Oracle Document Claiming an Amazon 'Conspiracy' to Win Military Contract Makes It to Trump's Desk

Aides to Donald Trump presented him with a document identical to one created by a top Washington lobbyist for cloud-computing giant Oracle, Kenneth Glueck, implying that competitor Amazon is only a favored contender for a major contract with the U.S. military due to a far-ranging “conspiracy” orchestrated by Jeff Bezos, CNN reported on Saturday.

According to CNN, the one-page document is the...

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Patrick Howell O'Neill Patrick Howell O'Neill Mar 28, 2019. 8 comments

The Marriage of Silicon Valley and the Pentagon Is Happening Whether You Like It or Not

The Marriage of Silicon Valley and the Pentagon Is Happening Whether You Like It or Not

Reports of the death of Silicon Valley’s relationship with the Pentagon have been greatly exaggerated.

The U.S. Army just awarded a landmark contract to Palantir, the Palo Alto data analytics company, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The contract marks the latest string tying Bay Area technology companies to the U.S. Defense Department, even as some of these companies’ employees have...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Oct 15, 2018.

Pentagon Cyber Breach May Have Affected 30,000 Defense Workers

Pentagon Cyber Breach May Have Affected 30,000 Defense Workers

It’s been a hell of a week for the Pentagon, which can’t seem to keep itself out of headlines recently. Now, it says it’s been hit by a cyber breach of Defense Department travel records that may have compromised the credit card data and other personal information of its workers.

A United States official with knowledge of the breach, who spoke with the Associated Press on the condition of...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Oct 15, 2018. 14 comments

Employees Protest Microsoft Bid for Huge Military Contract, Saying It Could Cause 'Human Suffering'

Employees Protest Microsoft Bid for Huge Military Contract, Saying It Could Cause 'Human Suffering'

Last week, Google dropped its bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), a massive military cloud computing contract potentially worth up to $10 billion, amid employee backlash and concern the project could violate their “AI principles.” Now an open letter claiming to be from an unspecified number of Microsoft employees is urging the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant to...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Oct 14, 2018. 18 comments

Pentagon Grounds Every F-35 Fighter Jet After Crash in South Carolina

Pentagon Grounds Every F-35 Fighter Jet After Crash in South Carolina

The United States military temporarily grounded all of its F-35 jets, the Defense Department’s priciest fighter jets, for inspection Thursday following a crash in South Carolina last month. The cause of the crash is believed to be the result of a faulty fuel tube, though inspections of all F-35 planes operated by the U.S. and its allies were scheduled to be conducted this week.

“We are...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Mar 24, 2018. 24 comments

US Navy’s Newest Attack Submarine Is Partially Operated With a 12-Year-Old Xbox Controller

US Navy’s Newest Attack Submarine Is Partially Operated With a 12-Year-Old Xbox Controller

The United States Navy’s newest submarine, the USS Colorado, went into service this weekend. In the Pentagon’s announcement Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer called the vessel “a true marvel of technology and innovation.” But part of the 377-foot-long Virginia-Class submarine is operated with a 12-year-old Xbox 360 controller.

Thee USS Colorado is able to launch Tomahawk missiles at...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Nov 24, 2017. 7 comments

Pentagon Cache of Over 1.8 Billion Scraped Social Media Posts Left Unsecured on Amazon Server

Pentagon Cache of Over 1.8 Billion Scraped Social Media Posts Left Unsecured on Amazon Server

The Pentagon accidentally left at least 1.8 billion publicly accessible posts it scraped from social media sites, forums and other web destinations unsecured on an Amazon S3 repository, where anyone with a free Amazon Web Services account could download the data, PC Mag reported.

The data archive was originally found by security firm UpGuard, which wrote that the postings appeared to have...

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Kate Knibbs Kate Knibbs Aug 19, 2017. 15 comments

Some Knucklehead In the Pentagon Accidentally Shipped Live Anthrax

Some Knucklehead In the Pentagon Accidentally Shipped Live Anthrax

Some bonehead at an Defense Department lab accidentally shipped live anthrax spores to government and commercial recipients through a commercial shipping service. What a goof!

They were supposed to be shipments of dead anthrax spores, but there was a mix-up. A lab in Maryland already received the package of potentially fatal biological weapons. Labs in Texas, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey,...

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Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Aug 18, 2017. 7 comments

Senator Probes Top US Defense Contractor Over Leaked Data Tied to Pentagon Project

Senator Probes Top US Defense Contractor Over Leaked Data Tied to Pentagon Project

One of America’s top defense contractors is facing questions over its security practices after sensitive files tied to a Pentagon project were discovered on a publicly accessible Amazon server.

In a letter on Tuesday, US Senator Claire McCaskill aired her concerns about security protocols at Booz Allen Hamilton, one the world’s top consulting firms, which generates annual revenues of more than...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 17, 2017. 17 comments

Elon Musk Just Had a Hush-Hush Meeting at the Pentagon

Elon Musk Just Had a Hush-Hush Meeting at the Pentagon

Elon Musk, the billionaire businessman who wants to literally die on Mars after he puts an electric car in every American’s garage, just had a meeting at the Pentagon with the US Secretary of Defense. But neither Musk nor Secretary Ash Carter will disclose what they talked about.

“Elon Musk is one of the most innovative minds in this country and the secretary, as you know, has been reaching...

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