US software giant Microsoft has pledged to give the Pentagon access to its “best technology” despite criticism from employees, breaking with other tech companies that are reconsidering military companies after facing internal backlash.
Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, said Saturday that the corporation was “going to provide the US Defense Department with access to the best technology … all the technology we create. Full stop.”
Speaking during a panel at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, Smith acknowledged that there was “some angst” among the company’s workforce about involvement in military contracts but Microsoft was not going to change course.
That’s opposite to what Google did in June after facing pressure from thousands of employees about involvement in the Pentagon’s global drone program.
The search engine company refused to…