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Podcast: Silicon Valley vs. The U.S. Military

Dan is joined by Trae Stephens, a partner with Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, to talk about why he believes tech workers are ostracizing the U.S. military, and why that could threaten national security. Also, in the "Final Two" Dan talks about Elon Musk explaining himself in taking Tesla private and a stunning decision in California on the scooter wars.

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Pentagon makes its Silicon Valley unit permanent

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On Thursday, the Defense Department announced that it’s making the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental — its unit in charge of starting pilot programs with Silicon Valley tech companies — a permanent fixture.

Why it matters: Some tech companies are reckoning with their military relationships, which sometimes raise questions among progressive-leaning tech workforces. That’s not fazing the Pentagon — and that means these controversies are likely to multiply.