Peter Thiel's data mining company, Palantir Technologies, was awarded a contract by the US Army. UU To develop an intelligence platform that will replace an obsolete system that the Army currently uses to collect and disseminate information, according to Bloomberg Technology.
The Army will pay Palantir and defense contractor Ratheon $ 876 million over the next decade to develop a replacement for the Distributed Common Ground System, says Bloomberg. That system is used by the various branches of the US Army. UU To interpret intelligence from a variety of platforms "that span all the steps from space to mud," according to the US Army. UU
The battlefields are complicated areas, and since the 1991 Gulf War in Iraq, the military grappled with the need to take all the different sources of information gathered through intelligence, the battlefield or reconnaissance surveillance, and bring them together in a cohesive and useful way for commanders to use it. The system has grown since it was first introduced in the mid-1990s, and the Army has introduced new means of gathering information, such as drones or new aircraft. . Some soldiers who use the system have complained that it has not kept up with the technology and is not as effective.
Palantir has looked at battlefield intelligence systems for some time, testing some products on the ground in 2012. Although those products had some shortcomings, it has been easier to use than existing DCGS. In 2015, the military began looking for contractors to help update DCGS, and Palantir sued the Army, saying it had not been considered a possible contractor. A judge ruled in favor of Palantir in 2016, which allowed the company to bid for the project. The company also successfully sued the US Navy. UU In 2017 for its acquisition processes.
Founded in 2004 by Thiel and Alex Karp, Palantir already has several contracts with various government agencies, military branches and municipal governments to collect intelligence data for law enforcement or disaster recovery purposes. In 2016, the documents revealed that the company worked with Customs and Border Protection in an undisclosed role to track information on immigrants and travelers, while The Verge reported last month that the company has secretly tested its predictive software in New Orleans.