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Mar 13, 2020. 3 comments

Pentagon Rethinks $10 Billion JEDI Contract That Amazon Believes Was Influenced by Trump

Pentagon Rethinks $10 Billion JEDI Contract That Amazon Believes Was Influenced by Trump

The U.S. Department of Defense has filed for permission to rethink some parts of the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract it

awarded to Microsoft back in October. In other words, Amazon refuses to let this thing go if there’s even the slightest chance it can wrest this deal from Microsoft’s fingers.

A quick recap of this monthslong saga. The $10 billion JEDI contract was a meaty win for...

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Feb 14, 2020. 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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Kastalia Medrano Kastalia Medrano Jan 06, 2020. 17 comments

Why Did the Pentagon Push the FDA to Approve a Powerful New Opioid?

Why Did the Pentagon Push the FDA to Approve a Powerful New Opioid?

In November 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved America’s newest opioid, a formulation of sufentanil called Dsuvia. Sufentanil is the strongest prescription painkiller available—five to 10 times more potent than its parent drug fentanyl, which is in turn 30-50 times more potent than heroin. The outcry over Dsuvia—its potency, its potential for abuse—was immediate.

For a lot of...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jan 03, 2020. 24 comments

Everything That Happened in Iran While You Were Sleeping

Everything That Happened in Iran While You Were Sleeping

The U.S. assassinated a high-ranking Iranian official in a targeted airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq early Friday, local time. The strike killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as at least seven other people. And now there’s concern that the killing could spark a significant military response from Iran.

President...

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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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Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Sep 25, 2019. 23 comments

U.S. Military Issues Warning to Troops About Incel Violence at Joker Screenings [Updated]

U.S. Military Issues Warning to Troops About Incel Violence at Joker Screenings [Updated]

The U.S. military has warned service members about the potential for a mass shooter at screenings of the Warner Bros. film Joker, which has sparked wide concerns from, among others, the

families of those killed during the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

The U.S. Army confirmed on Tuesday that the warning was widely distributed after social media posts related to extremists classified...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Sep 20, 2019. 23 comments

Naruto Run! Some Guy Who’s Probably Going to Get Himself Killed Is the First ‘Storm Area 51’ Meme

Naruto Run! Some Guy Who’s Probably Going to Get Himself Killed Is the First ‘Storm Area 51’ Meme
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The original “Storm Area 51" Facebook invitation encouraged people to break into the secret government facility by doing a Naruto run. And now that the event is here (it’s supposed to happen today), it looks like some people are taking the instructions literally. Some random guy was seen on local TV...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Sep 16, 2019. 15 comments

Airspace Near Area 51 Will Be Closed to News Helicopters and Drones During 'Storm Area 51' Shitshow

Airspace Near Area 51 Will Be Closed to News Helicopters and Drones During 'Storm Area 51' Shitshow

Airspace around Area 51 in Nevada will be closed to news helicopters and drones this week in anticipation of the so-called “Storm Area 51" event that started as a joke but has morphed into a potentially dangerous situation.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted temporary flight restrictions (TFR) for two areas near Area 51 controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense and the...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Sep 05, 2019. 23 comments

Here's Every Project Being Delayed to Pay For President Trump's Idiotic Border Wall

Here's Every Project Being Delayed to Pay For President Trump's Idiotic Border Wall

President Donald Trump is diverting $3.6 billion in U.S. military funding to build part of his wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, but where is the money actually coming from? So far we’ve only heard talk about a few million dollars here and a few million dollars there, but last night NPR finally obtained the complete list of projects at the U.S. Department of Defense that will be delayed so that...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 28, 2019. 18 comments

President Trump Promises to Pardon Anyone Who Breaks the Law While Building Border Wall: Report

President Trump Promises to Pardon Anyone Who Breaks the Law While Building Border Wall: Report

President Donald Trump is promising a pardon to people who break the law while building his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new report from the Washington Post. But White House officials insist Trump is just “joking,” an increasingly common defense of the president’s immoral behavior.

Government officials are reportedly concerned that current plans for the wall, which...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jun 21, 2019. 13 comments

Those UFOs Spotted Over Kansas City Last Night Were Darpa Test Balloons

Those UFOs Spotted Over Kansas City Last Night Were Darpa Test Balloons

What were those two strange objects flying over Kansas City, Missouri last night? Plenty of people took to Twitter yesterday to speculate that they might be anything from internet balloons for Google’s Project Loon to slimy green aliens. But in reality, they’re almost certainly Darpa’s new test balloons. What was Darpa testing? How to fly around without propulsion.

The National Weather Service...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Apr 25, 2019. 10 comments

Pentagon's Independent Science Research Group, the Jasons, Is Set to Disband After 59 Years

Pentagon's Independent Science Research Group, the Jasons, Is Set to Disband After 59 Years

The Jason Group, an independent panel of academics who have advised the Pentagon for the past 59 years, will likely disband on April 30. The group had hoped to get a one-year extension to continue its work.

The Jasons was founded in 1960 as a scientific advisory panel that helped the Pentagon solve some of the most complex problems facing the U.S. military. The early days of the Jasons focused...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Apr 10, 2019. 17 comments

Pentagon Pulls Funding for Team of Academics Who Work on the Most Difficult Scientific Problems

Pentagon Pulls Funding for Team of Academics Who Work on the Most Difficult Scientific Problems

The U.S. Department of Defense under Patrick M. Shanahan has quietly pulled funding for an independent organization called the Jason Group under the Pentagon’s latest budget proposal. And it’s just one more way that the Trump regime is chipping away at independent scientific voices in the U.S. government.

The Jasons, as they’re sometimes called, are a team of academics who have historically...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 01, 2019.

Gimlet's Union Drive, Twisted Graphene, and Psychedelic Mice: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Gimlet's Union Drive, Twisted Graphene, and Psychedelic Mice: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Well, folks, it’s just a few hours shy of the turn of the month, and you know what that means: April Fool’s Day. Yes, it’s that special time of year when insipid brands, mean-spirited teens, and tech titans compete to be the first to trick you into thinking they released Skittle’s... For Men, that it’s a good idea to eat an entire pod of datura seeds, or that they’re releasing a new app...

Patrick Howell O'Neill Patrick Howell O'Neill Mar 23, 2019.

Top U.S. General Plans to Meet With Google Execs to Scold Them for Doing Business in China

Top U.S. General Plans to Meet With Google Execs to Scold Them for Doing Business in China

The relationship between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon is one of the most high-stakes, high-tension, and high-dollar links in the world. Desperate to lead the globe’s militaries in artificial intelligence, the U.S. Defense Department is trying to navigate a maze of tech employee protests and political minefields with the hope of getting cozier with American technology giants.

Google...

Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Mar 06, 2019. 2 comments

58 National Security Experts Denounce Trump’s Latest Plan to Dispute Climate Science

58 National Security Experts Denounce Trump’s Latest Plan to Dispute Climate Science

Top U.S. military and national security leaders have some Thoughts about President Donald Trump’s proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Security. The president is

reportedly planning to inject some climate denial into the national security world with the panel whose existence first came to light last month, and 58 senior leaders with actual experience in this space wrote him a letter...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Sep 13, 2018. 18 comments

Weird Tooth Phone Wins Millions in Pentagon Funding

Weird Tooth Phone Wins Millions in Pentagon Funding

A new communication device that is supposed to go inside military service members’ heads gives us a hint at the sort of technology a new Defense Department accelerator program is funding.

Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter created the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in 2015 with the mission of helping the military industrial complex catch up to the speed of Silicon Valley,...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Aug 16, 2018. 12 comments

Trump’s Defense Department Is Actually Preparing for Climate Change

Trump’s Defense Department Is Actually Preparing for Climate Change

Imagine a future where the United States is experiencing multiple Katrina or Sandy-like storms at the same time—all while wildfires rage in the West. Right now, the Department of Defense is in no way ready to handle that, said Francesco Femia, the co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security, a nonpartisan think tank made up of military and security experts.

“Though we’re capable of...

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