Dec 14, 2019

Palantir lands another Pentagon contract

Peter Thiel on Fox & Friends in Aug. 2019. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

The Defense Department announced on Friday that it cinched a roughly $110 million contract with Palantir, the data-mining company founded by billionaire investor Peter Thiel, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Palantir already holds more than $1.5 billion in federal government contracts — just over $1 billion of which was with the Defense Department, as of August. The company, founded in 2004, has partnered closely with the agency since its inception, when it reportedly worked on projects in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Details: The newly announced $110 million deal is the first installment of "a four-year, $440 million program called Vantage, formerly known as Army Leader Dashboard," per the Post.

  • Doug Philippone, head of Palantir's operation in D.C., told the Post that "the project will allow military agencies to harness data to make better strategic decisions."

Go deeper: Report blasts Palantir for ICE work, Trump ties

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Peter Thiel, the bridge between Trump and Facebook

Peter Thiel appearing on "Fox and Friends" in 2019. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

Silicon Valley was abuzz Tuesday after a Wall Street Journal report that Peter Thiel, the tech industry's most prominent Trump supporter, is also a key architect and promoter of Facebook's anything-goes political ad policy.

Why it matters: The report was seized on by Facebook critics who have argued that the ad policy, which exempts candidates' ads and speeches from the site's fact-checking policies, skews pro-Trump. It also highlighted Thiel's role as the key intermediary between Facebook headquarters and the White House.

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Ambassador Kaidanow becomes 5th Pentagon official to resign in 7 days

Ambassador Tina Kaidanow. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, senior adviser for international cooperation, has left the Pentagon, the Department of Defense confirmed to Defense News Wednesday.

Why it matters: She's the fifth top official in seven days to exit or announce their departure from the Pentagon, according to Defense News and The Hill.

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2020 candidates' Q4 fundraising hauls

Bernie Sanders leads the way in fourth quarter fundraising hauls among the Democratic hopefuls who have already announced their numbers, with $34.5 million raised.

By the numbers: Sanders is followed by Pete Buttigieg at $24.7 million — but the Democratic candidates all trail President Trump, whose re-election campaign reportedly collected $46 million.

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