Elon Musk recently conferred with Pentagon officials especially Ash Carter regarding a flying metal suit.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk hobnobbed with Ash Carter, the Secretary of Defense, on Wednesday in a bid to upgrade the tech game of the United States of America.
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The main focal point of the secret meeting between the two giants was regarding creativity and innovation in the high technology sector. Also Elon Musk was looking forward to get some funds granted for the sake of his brainchild SpaceX. So it was a means of killing two birds with one stone.
SpaceX basically launches satellites into space. It is on a par with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. Both Musk and Carter remained mum regarding the boardroom meeting they engaged in. It was a way of keeping them guessing and building suspense that became intolerable as time moved on.
Ash Carter had been sending out feelers to the rest of the big shots regarding how to take technology to the next level in the times which are to come. Musk posted a message on his Twitter account regarding the meeting. He passed a remark on Iron Man, a Marvel Comics character, in his tweet as an asnwer of CNN story.
Another insider was asked by a reporter regarding how Musk might complicate matters for the Pentagon since he was a contractor too. Yet, the answer from the spokesperson was that such was not the case at all.
Ash Carter, according to the insider, was a very intelligent man who would strictly adhere to the principles and protocol required from a man of his caliber. He would never allow two different things from being miscegenated so inseparably. Elon Musk’s tactics would not work with him.
Carter wants some expert advice on upping the technology stakes for his country, according to The Verge. The private sector was especially being consulted since it was where everything was taking place in the first place. Movers and shaker such as Musk would be a part of the game.
Yet the strings would only be pulled by the Pentagon which knows what is good or bad for the United States. The relationship that would be consolidated with Silicon Valley and the rest of the high tech companies would be based on respect and mutual harmony. It was all about institution building and the creation of bridges between different agencies.
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SpaceX is doing its job of launching and landing Falcon 9 rockets in its precarious operations. In April alone it got a $82.7 million contract to launch the Air Force’s next generation GPS satellite two years from now.