More Than Half of Google’s Revenue is From the U.S. Military and Government


The creeping Google militarization is beginning to lear to the massive company being termed “Big Brother Inc.” by critics. Google is increasingly positioning itself to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor, and those of a Big Brother approach to government.

Late last year, Google purchased Boston Dynamics, the inspiration for the fictional “Massive Dynamics” corporation in J.J. Abram’s former hit show Fringe.

The robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics has already been producing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department, specifically for military use. As far-fetched as it sounds, that translates to “killer robots.”

With Google having bought out Boston Dynamics over the past few months, Google’s broader military contracting ambitions are starting to come into better focus.

In 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that U.S. spy agencies had been using “Google equipment as the backbone of Intellipedia, a network aimed at helping agents share intelligence.” The article also revealed that Google had a support contract with the NSA: a comment mentioned in passing that was overlooked by many.

In 2010, the Washington Post reported that Google partnered with the NSA to figure out how Chinese hackers broke into their servers. The New York Times later reported that those same Chinese hackers stole Google’s entire password system called Gaia.

There are additional reasons why the U.S. military is becoming Google’s biggest customer and best friend. First, on the surface level of pure economics, consider the military value of Google’s research and development efforts and the military contracting pipeline revenue it could represent.

Lawrence “Larry” Page, the American Business magnate and computer scientist who is the co-founder of Google, alongside Sergey Brin created Google X, which is Google’s secretive research and development lab tasked with pursuing “moon-shot” technology breakthroughs. So far, Google X is best known for its earth-bound self-driving cars and Google Glass.

But the purpose of the original “moon-shots” by the Soviet Union and America was purely military. The two Cold War superpowers had been in a “space race” to show off the technological and military supremacy to their respective rival.

Simply, America’s Cold War “moon-shot” was about winning the military space and arms race with the former Soviet Union.

Even more tellingly, the greatest application for most all of Google X’s “moon-shot” technological efforts — are military. Like drones, self-driving vehicles, and robot soldiers could enhance military surveillance and payload delivery while reducing risks to military personnel.

While American popular culture worries about how obnoxious tech hipsters with Google Glasses will be in their local Starbucks, the reality is that the primary users of the technology will be American soldiers, who the glasses will off a tactical advantage over enemy combatants. Related to this, Google’s Project Loon will likely provide a supplemental battlefield bandwidth advantage in remote areas.

Furthermore, Google’s personnel hiring signals its aspirations for a closer Google-military relationship. Back in 2012, Google hired Regina Dugan, the head of DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARMPA is the DOD’s in-house “moon-shot” think tank. A Google spokesperson explained the hire, saying: “Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future of technology to the military during her time at DARPA. She will be a real asset to Google.”

Third of all, Google already has a long history of working with the NSA as well as other U.S. intelligence services. Way back in 2004, Google purchased satellite mapping company Keyhole. Keyhole was important enough to be funded by the CIA’s investment fund In-Q-Tel back then.

Google quickly turned the aptly-named “Keyhole” surveillance capability into the wildly popular Google Earth and Google Maps service used by billions of people and millions of websites.

The other end of this is that former NSA Director Michael Hayden has explained that “Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide.”

Thus Google is already poised to do what the NSA has been in so much trouble for doing. Google has the unique capability of surveilling for the NSA without the need of worrying about getting the legislative go-ahead.

The creeping militarization of Google is a problem for Google’s foreign users, and domestic ones alike. At the time of this article’s publication, over half of Google’s revenue is generated by military and other government contracts. Let that sink in for a minute… Then, if you don’t believe it, go Google it.

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