Home/Front: Silicon Valley Rebels Vs. The U.S. Air Force : Rough Translation Two worlds: dress uniforms and foosball tables. The military and Silicon Valley used to work hand in hand. Now, why won't big tech build them a new gonculator?

Home/Front: Rebels In The Valley

Home/Front: Rebels In The Valley

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Jamiel Law for NPR
Jamiel Law for NPR
Jamiel Law for NPR

Military investment helped create Silicon Valley, and their collaborations brought us innovations like GPS, the internet...even duct tape. But over the years, distrust grew and collaboration stalled.

While Silicon Valley raced toward the future with its unofficial "move fast and break things" motto, the military has failed to keep up — slowed by a complex bureaucracy. Modern day Silicon Valley, with its open offices and foosball tables, could not be more different from the Pentagon. How will the two reach across this divide to solve the military's urgent tech problems?


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