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Elon Musk's refusal to have Starlink support Ukraine attack in Crimea raises questions for Pentagon

  • Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall has raised concerns about the need for explicit language in future contracts regarding the use of services or products purchased by the U.S. Military in war. This comes after SpaceX founder Elon Musk refused to allow Ukraine to use Starlink internet services to launch an attack on Russian forces in Crimea, citing concerns of a nuclear response from Russia.
  • The Pentagon has funded and contracted with SpaceX for continued support, but the incident with Ukraine has led military planners to reconsider the need for assurances from commercial vendors that their services will be available during wartime.
  • Additionally, the U.S. Military is exploring how to indemnify commercial vendors from liability and the obligation to defend their assets if they are providing military support in a conflict. The focus now is on including language in contracts that explicitly states the firm's support is meant for combat operations.
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