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Palantir wins $800 million Army contract for battlefield intelligence system

The Pentagon reportedly awarded Palantir a $800 million contract.
(Reuters)

The U.S. Army has chosen Palantir Technologies for the implementation of a complex, new battlefield intelligence system for the soldiers.

According to the Army documents seen by The Washington Post, the agreement, which may be worth $800 million, grants to the Peter Thiel-founder of the company has the right to build the next phase of the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS-A, for the Army), which allows users to analyze a range of information about enemy movements and terrain, and create real-time reports.

The selection of Palantir makes an end to the competition between the Palantir, and Raytheon, who were chosen by the Army to compete for the next phase of the intelligence of the system.

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The Post reports that Raytheon and Palantir were allowed to test their unique software, for an audience of soldiers, who, during both presentations. Then the two companies have refined their offerings a bit more.

“The Army changed its approach to acquisition,” Doug Philippone, a former Army ranger who leads Palantir’s defense business, told the Post.

He explained that the company is confident that it could win if they were admitted to the adaptation of technology after receiving feedback, the addition of the soldiers, even with his parachute from airplanes with reinforced laptops with Palantir, the software during the testing phase.

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“Palantir Defense allows soldiers to communicate with all of their data out of their systems from a single point of access, in unprecedented ways,” the tech company says on its site. “It doesn’t matter where the data is used, Palantir Defense global knowledge management track every read, write, and edit, while preserving the accumulated knowledge of the battle space.”

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