Intel could receive billions from the US government to make chips for the military

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What just happened? Intel is said to be the leading contender to bag a multi-billion-dollar contract from the US government to build a "secure enclave" that produces microchips for the military. The funding would be part of the Chips and Science Act, which President Biden signed into law last year, clearing the path for nearly $53 billion of investment in US semiconductor manufacturing, research and development.

According to sources quoted by The Wall Street Journal, the deal is still in the negotiation stage, and nothing has been finalized as yet. Officials from the Commerce Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Defense are currently in talks with Intel, but the developments are already said to have raised the hackles of "rival chip makers and some lawmakers," who believe that it could offer Intel an unfair advantage.

Three prominent senators have already expressed their concerns about the impending deal and questioned the government's wisdom in spending so much money on a chip fabrication facility exclusively for the military. Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed, Mississippi Republican Roger Wicker, and Washington Democrat Maria Cantwell wrote to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo last month over concerns that the deal with a single company could "limit funding for other projects that would create a diversified domestic supplier base of semiconductors critical to the defense industrial base."

Other prominent politicians, however, support the investment. Republican Senator Marco Rubio from Florida believes that the money will be well-spent, as it will help keep the US military safe from potential eavesdropping by foreign governments, and moving away from the investment at the last minute could "undermine our national security."

If the deal goes through eventually, the new manufacturing facility could come up at Intel's existing factory complex in Arizona, and could cost between $3 billion and $4 billion. The funds are expected to come from the $39 billion earmarked as manufacturing grants and subsidies under the Chips Act, which was enacted to reduce the country's dependence on imported hardware. The vast majority of imported microchips for US military applications comes from Taiwan, which is currently under threat of being invaded by China.

The news of a possible deal with Intel comes just a few weeks after the Biden administration announced that the Defense Department will disperse around $238 million to set up eight hubs around the country to promote innovation in the semiconductor industry as part of the grants approved under the Chips Act. According to proponents of the new plan, it will help rebuild the domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry after decades of offshoring that have led to widespread job losses and left the US government potentially vulnerable to state-sponsored spying.

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The paradox of to have peace prepare for war.
Such a stupid idea but humans are stupid.

I would say shouldn't the american people have a say in their tax spending on BS. But they love guns and war. W.e.
 
Haaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahah .... they cant even prevent UEFI hijacking .. or a breach of the current secure on chip enclave or TPM crypto keys .... haaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahah

If it is in hadrware. . it is USELESS in under a 6 months as a security method ..


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The paradox of to have peace prepare for war.
Such a stupid idea but humans are stupid.

I would say shouldn't the american people have a say in their tax spending on BS. But they love guns and war. W.e.

That is just the 15% of our effed up country that is on the alt-right that is afraid a 11 year old kid in a dress with a penis making them gay.
 
Wouldn't surprise me if other U.S. companies like Texas Instruments (which last time I checked has a market cap even higher than Intel's) cries foul. But it makes sense that part of this is to give Intel (or other U.S. based companies) a leg up over the (international) competition.
 
The paradox of to have peace prepare for war.
Such a stupid idea but humans are stupid.

I would say shouldn't the American people have a say in their tax spending on BS. But they love guns and war. W.e.
The budget for the us military is set by the senate and house, then voted on by both parties as part of the budget for that year and signed by the president, all of are elected or part of elections. So they do have some say in the spending. The thing being that support for spending is bipartisan with only the most fiscal hawk conservatives disagreeing on it (which is like 4 or 5 people in office atm) and the more progressive wing of the democrat part (so about half the party) that want that money spend elsewhere. Until it's not popular with a good junk of both parties the spending will continue, especially with all the jobs it has linked to it.
 
The usuall hidden stunt to bailout intel without having problem with WTO or something ... :p
 
"The funds are expected to come from the $39 billion earmarked as manufacturing grants and subsidies under the Chips Act, which was enacted to reduce the country's dependence on imported hardware."
That used to be called communism.
 
That is just the 15% of our effed up country that is on the alt-right that is afraid a 11 year old kid in a dress with a penis making them gay.
This is the distraction that they feed us. The culprit are these you say 15%. The booby people.
"The funds are expected to come from the $39 billion earmarked as manufacturing grants and subsidies under the Chips Act, which was enacted to reduce the country's dependence on imported hardware."
That used to be called communism.
State sponsored business can also be considered a form of market socialism and or fascism. When big brother swallows all the small brothers and sisters does it really matter how they reword it?
 
If they choose Intel for their chips be prepared for a LOT of security holes. Oh and when it's patched it loses 10% of it's performance too.
 
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