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[Obama Appointed Tech CEO to High-Power Military Position | teaparty.org | Conservative Tribune] “Last year, the administration of then-President Barack Obama set up a Pentagon advisory board and placed the chairman of Google’s parent company at its helm. Roughly one year into President Donald Trump’s tenure, that man still remains at this coveted position.

Launched in 2016 by then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, the so-called Defense Innovation Advisory Board was designed “to kick-start innovation across the U.S. military by building bridges to the technology industry,” according to Reuters.

The basic premise was that perhaps the Pentagon’s technological prowess could be enhanced if a bunch of pompous techies were to advise it. Wonderful.

The pompous techie chosen to chair the board was Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. As of December, Schmidt still leads the board, though he intends to step down from Alphabet next month, according to Reuters.

Regardless, some view Schmidt’s continued leadership with the board as problematic. For one, Schmidt happens to be a full-fledged leftist who served as an adviser to failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Furthermore, Schmidt’s presence presents a massive conflict of interest, according to David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

“If the DOD is contemplating new technology to address a new defense need, will it be skewed toward a technology that benefits Google or one of the companies?” Williams told The Daily Caller. “Massive potential for conflicts of interest with real taxpayer implications.”

It’s clear why Obama appointed Schmidt to his role on the board — leftist authoritarians and tech moguls go together like a horse and carriage — but it’s unclear why he still remains there…” Full text: Obama Appointed Tech CEO to High-Power Military Position Am 8:5

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