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The secret military history of Silicon Valley 
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Post The secret military history of Silicon Valley
In 2008 I attended a fascinating program live at the Computer History Museum, where I'm a member. Just today I discovered that they had posted a YouTube video of the 1 hour talk. Steve Blank told a fascinating tale of how Silicon Valley resources were created and co-opted in the service of the Cold War. I thought some folks here might be interested.

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One of the men my age at my old church in Sunnyvale (St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church) worked at the Sunnyvale Lockheed-Martin plant. NASA Ames was next door, and the NSA reportedly has or had its main west coast listening facility there. I used to drive past the place on the way to work.

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The part of the talk I remember as being coolest was that the CIA, I think, built Stanford's radio telescope, letting Stanford use it for whatever they wanted as long as the CIA could commandeer it for the one or two days a month when everything was aligned so that they could use it to pick up Soviet radio traffic reflected off the moon.

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That's well known on campus at Stanford, one of the earliest tales I was told. ;)

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