Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall has raised concerns about the need for more explicit language in future military contracts regarding the use of services or products purchased in warfare scenarios. This comes after SpaceX founder Elon Musk refused Ukraine’s request to use Starlink internet services for a surprise attack on Russian forces in Crimea in September 2022, citing concerns about a potential Russian nuclear response. While Musk’s refusal wasn’t on a military contract, the U.S. military has since officially contracted with Starlink. The incident has prompted a reevaluation of the need for clear terms in commercial vendor agreements to ensure reliability during wartime.

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