Articles from The Guardian - US military

Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

Exclusive: the high altitude balloons promise a cheap surveillance platform that could follow multiple cars and boats for extended periods

The US military is conducting wide area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal.

Pentagon reviewing 'war cloud' contract after Trump claims Amazon favoritism

Trump has criticized bid process for the cloud-computing contract as potentially biased toward Amazon

The US department of defense says the defense secretary, Mark Esper, is reviewing the bid process for the military’s $10bn cloud-computing contract.

Donald Trump has criticized the process, citing complaints from other companies, as potentially biased toward Amazon. The e-commerce giant and Microsoft have been competing for the contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan, or Jedi.

Whitney museum trustee resigns after protests over sale of teargas

Warren Kanders is the chairman and CEO of Safariland, a company that sells military gear including teargas canisters

Warren Kanders, vice-chairman of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s board of directors, has resigned after months of mounting protest over his company’s manufacture and distribution of military products.

Mark Esper sworn in as US defense secretary after record-long vacancy

The former army veteran and lobbyist will face brewing tensions with Iran and leadership turmoil at the Pentagon

Mark Esper, an army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, was sworn in as the US secretary of defense after receiving Senate confirmation on Tuesday.

Esper’s confirmation, by a vote of 90-8, comes after a seven-month vacancy in the post. He was sworn in hours later at the White House by the supreme court justice Samuel Alito in a ceremony attended by Donald Trump.