Breaking: The Department of Defense, Silicon Valley, and you
This morning US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will be at Moffett Field in Mountain View to make an announcement concerning a collaboration between the DoD, the White House and Silicon Valley industry.
The ominous wording up top in the press release:
Secretary Carter is demonstrating tangible progress in building relationships with Silicon Valley, which he believes is necessary to help the U.S. military remain on the cutting edge well into the future. The public private partnership he is announcing at Moffett Field will benefit both the future warfighter and customers of a range of U.S. companies, helping the U.S. maintain leadership in manufacturing and innovation for years to come.
Robot army? Brain implants? UberMILITARY?
Calm down. The details later in the release describe an project that is decidedly less awesome, in both the Ninja Turtles and the Shock & Awe senses of the word.
At 11am PST this morning, Secretary Carter will announce a joint “Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Hub” the seventh of nine such facilities nationwide, to be located in San Jose with partners including Apple, HP, and Qualcomm. The “hub” will serve as a research and manufacturing facility for “flexible, wearable” electronics to serve both consumer wearable markets as well as "self-monitoring weapons systems” applications.
Of course, the idea of making a big splashy show of collaboration between the Department of Defense and Silicon Valley industry would seem to indicate that this collaboration hasn’t been pretty much the status quo in SV from the get go. What better place to do it than Google’s new government airfield adjacent to the GooglePlex?
I’ll be on hand at the announcement tomorrow. If you have a question you’d like me to try to ask Ash Carter or the other notables in attendance -- including U.S. representatives Zoe Lofgren, Anna Eshoo and Mike Honda -- Tweet your questions to @danraile .