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SpaceX Deepens Ties with US Intelligence and Military through Classified Contracts

Elon Musk’s Company Engages in Multi-Billion Dollar Classified Dealings with Government Agencies

In a significant development, SpaceX, led by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is expanding its collaboration with US intelligence and military entities through undisclosed classified contracts valued in the billions of dollars, according to documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

While SpaceX has been a key player in launching military satellites for the US, recent revelations suggest a deeper involvement with the government. In 2021, the company reportedly secured a massive $1.8 billion classified contract with the US government, the details of which remain undisclosed to the public. SpaceX has chosen not to specify the government agency associated with this substantial contract.

Additionally, SpaceX has established a dedicated branch named Starshield to cater specifically to government clients. Starshield claims to offer secure communication capabilities and data capture, among other services. The US military, in a separate agreement, entered into a $70 million contract with Starshield in August 2023, indicating the company’s growing significance in the defense sector.

SpaceX has also formed connections with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), an agency previously classified until 1992. The extent and nature of SpaceX’s collaboration with the NRO are yet to be fully disclosed.

Beyond classified contracts, SpaceX has demonstrated its commitment to global security by deploying its civilian-oriented product, Starlink, in war zones. Notably, thousands of Starlink terminals have been provided to Ukraine, enabling communication in the midst of the Russian siege. However, there are reports that the Russian military is also using Starlink terminals, a claim Elon Musk denies any knowledge of.

As the space race intensifies globally, major powers, including the US, Russia, and China, are investing heavily in advanced satellite networks. The recent revelation of a Russian program aimed at deploying nuclear weapons in space, although not yet implemented, highlights the potential threats posed by adversarial space programs, prompting increased attention to securing space capabilities.

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Ruben Jay
Ruben Jay
Ruben Jay is an American broadcaster, media blogger, and podcast host. Currently, Ruben is the President of MultiMediaMouth.com and the executive producer and host of the popular podcasts You’re My Best Friend and ON AIR with Ruben Jay, exclusively on MultiMediaMouth.com. Follow Ruben on Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok @TheRubenJay.

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