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40

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15

About Joe Lonsdale

Joe Lonsdale runs as an angel investor. He is based in San Francisco, California.

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The next Pearl Harbor or 9/11 could be caused by a drone

Jan 30, 2024

remon 3 mins ago 151 A January 28 report from Wall Street Journal suggests that U.S. armed forces were taken by surprise when an enemy drone struck a U.S. military installation in Jordan. Thanks to new American technologies, we have the capacity to stop such drone attacks, but we are not there yet. In the meantime, three GIs died and several dozen were injured. THE Newspaper reported: A U.S. official said Sunday that the attack took place overnight at Tower 22, a small outpost in Jordan near the Syrian border. The drone struck the troops’ living quarters, contributing to the high number of casualties., said a US official. (emphasis added) This report states that the living quarters of Tower 22 were an “easy target.” That is, a structure not “hardened” to protect those inside. THE Newspaper keep on going: Tower 22 is located near the Al Tanf garrison in southeastern Syria, where U.S. forces have worked with local partners to combat Islamic State militants. Tower 22 served as a logistics hub for Al Tanf and, unlike the garrison, was never the target of the recent series of Iranian-backed militia attacks. (emphasis added) As think tank analyst Andrew Tabler told the newspaper, “Tower 22 would likely be less defended than Al Tanf and any other US position in Syria because it is across the Jordanian border.” “. Elmurod Usubaliev/Anadolu via Getty Images So, these soldiers were logistics personnel behind the lines. They – or more precisely their commanders – did not expect a drone attack. Hmm. Americans are fighting Iranian-backed terrorists and militants, yet they weren’t expecting an attack because they weren’t in Syria; they were in Jordan, the neighboring country. Does this seem like a lack of imagination? As in the case of American leaders, somewhere in the chain of command, from the field to Central Command in Washington, DC—I couldn’t imagine that the enemy would cross a border. It’s the bad guys, including Iran, who regularly refer to the United States as “the Great Satan.” So yes, maybe that’s it should It was predicted that a border in the desert would mean nothing to anti-American killers. But let others worry about geopolitics, including the fundamental question of whether or not we should fight in Syria. For now, let’s focus on keeping Americans safe wherever they are in the world, including on the home front. Those with long memories may recall the fate of a former logistics unit in the Middle East, the U.S. Army Reserve’s 14th Quartermaster Detachment. During Operation Desert Storm, the U.S. mission to liberate Kuwait from Iraq, the 14th Quartermaster was far behind the front lines – in Saudi Arabia in fact – working on water purification . And yet, on February 25, 1991, an Iraqi Scud missile struck the 14th barracks, an unhardened installation. Thirteen soldiers were killed and 43 wounded. Yes, war is hell, but long-range missiles mean the “front” is everywhere. Thus, adequate military preparation – and the preservation of life – would have meant that the men and women of the 14th were either better sheltered, holed up in burrows, or more widely dispersed. It turns out that the fate of the 14th is somewhat similar to that of another too-close group of Americans, the Marines from the barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, who were bombed by a truck in 1983. In this debacle, hundreds of people died. And if we want, we can return to the worst time when Americans were caught with too many eggs in one basket, Pearl Harbor. And yes, there is also that final calamitous failure of the imagination: September 11. An explosion at Naval Air Station Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. Sailors stand among wreckage and watch the USS Shaw explode in the center background. The USS Nevada is also visible in the middle, with its bow pointing to the left. (Photos by Renard/Getty Images) Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the South Tower of the World Trade Center and explodes at 9:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001 in New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The big new challenge today is the drone. The United States has used drones for decades, both for surveillance and for offensive missile strikes. Yet drones are getting smaller and smaller, to the point where they are a bit bigger than birds, and they are easy to form into swarms that can “kamikaze” the target. The test beds for much of this new technology are Ukraine and Russia; each side overruns the other with drones, so the familiar movements of tanks and infantry are no longer possible. Just on January 26, a Russian military recalls seeing a “flock of Ukrainian FPV (first person view) drones led by a Queen repeater drone”; the air armada descended on the Russian positions and began to detonate. And this video , released on January 22, shows a drone literally chasing a soldier in a circle and then blowing him up; It’s like a cartoon, except it’s not funny being dead. Drones are a disruptive technology. They are so cheap to mass produce (the Ukrainians make them out of cardboard) and so agile (untrained civilians can pilot them) that they call into question our ability to defend large assets, from tanks to bases to aircraft carriers. We cannot expect, for example, that the Patriot missile, which is 17 feet long, will stop a hundred, a thousand or a million drones. Even Israel’s famous Iron Dome has at times been overwhelmed by massive volleys of Palestinian drones and homemade rockets. The idea of ​​missile defense was designed for… missiles. These tiny drones look more like mosquitoes. A drone flies over kyiv during an attack on October 17, 2022, in the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images) So even newer air defense systems, like Raytheon’s Coyote – used at Tower 22 – still rely on the idea of ​​anti-missile missiles. We can add a dark note of warning: The home front is a giant, easy target. There is probably no private residence or office building in the United States that is protected from a drone attack. And what about public meeting places, like stadiums? Fuhgeddaboudit. As for U.S. government facilities — from military sites to the Capitol to the White House — well, we’ll have to see. But let’s keep in mind: the commanders of Tower 22 didn’t seem to think they had anything to worry about; a monitoring report of the Wall Street Journal on January 29, it was learned that the Tower 22 crew had mistaken the rushing enemy drone for their own drone. Was it a failure of technology? Training? Or has the enemy gotten really good at fooling IFF? And if Americans can be usurped by an aerial intruder in Jordan, could we be usurped in the United States? Or, of course, as another possibility, the whole sneaky enemy drone thing could be some sort of cover-up. Cover for what? Well, that’s what thorough, impartial investigations are for: uncovering the truth, whatever it may be. Fortunately, there is hope for defenders if we get smarter. Such intelligence involves a paradigm shift in thinking from kinetics to electronics. Instead of spilling a incoming projectile with a outgoing projectile, the new idea is to stop it with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). This is a burst of microwave energy that fries the drone’s avionics, destroying its guidance. One of the big advantages of EMP is that it is relatively unlimited; it doesn’t depend on “ammunition” as commonly understood, but rather on electronic “juice”, which is cheaper and, of course, as fast as the speed of light. Yet the EMP is different from the force fields of science fiction; An “astrodome”-style shield is possible one day, but it would be so power-hungry that it would probably need a nuclear reactor nearby. Epirus, based in Southern California, is a company working on EMP (also called HPM, high-power microwave, or simply Directed Energy). Launched in 2018, it is named after a bow from Greek mythology that didn’t need arrows: it just shot. One of the co-founders of Epirus is Joe Lonsdale; in 2003, he co-founded Palantir, which became a “prime” defense contractor focused on big data and artificial intelligence. (The other new “lead” contractor is Elon Musk’s SpaceX.) Epirus has been awarded contracts with the Pentagon, although in a January 28 interview with Breitbart News, Lonsdale expressed frustration with the overall slowness of the process. “There are a lot of smart generals and admirals who want to see change,” he said. And yet there is a tedious, sometimes molasses-like acquisition process. Yet in the wake of the attack in Jordan, Lonsdale is convinced that the pace of EMP deployment will accelerate: “This is the time for great leaders to do great things…lives are at stake .” So this is where we are headed: companies like Epirus – and other tech newcomers driven by the zeal of young founders, like Palmer Luckey’s Anduril – are pioneering the needed paradigm shift : less aluminum and steel, more applications and zaps. The United States will probably still need troops on the ground (although some might be robotic), but soon the skies will be defended by real-world implementations of ray guns and photon torpedoes. Breitbart

Joe Lonsdale Investments

40 Investments

Joe Lonsdale has made 40 investments. Their latest investment was in Strive as part of their Seed on May 09, 2022.

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Joe Lonsdale Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

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5/9/2022

Seed

Strive

Yes

1

4/1/2022

Seed VC

Alias Technologies

$3M

Yes

3

3/3/2022

Series C

Gecko Robotics

$73.3M

Yes

12

1/25/2022

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

11/30/2021

Seed VC

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$99M

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3/3/2022

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Strive

Alias Technologies

Gecko Robotics

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$73.3M

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$99M

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10

Joe Lonsdale Portfolio Exits

15 Portfolio Exits

Joe Lonsdale has 15 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Vicarious on April 23, 2022.

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4/23/2022

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$99M

7

8/18/2021

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$99M

1

12/16/2020

IPO

$99M

Public

40

5/27/2020

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10

8/7/2019

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4/23/2022

8/18/2021

12/16/2020

5/27/2020

8/7/2019

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