What was Elon Musk doing at the Pentagon?

Answer: talking innovation

by News Staff / June 10, 2016

The exact details of the June 8 meeting between Tesla/SpaceX Founder Elon Musk and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter are unknown, but a Department of Defense spokesperson hinted at what the federal government is up to.

Carter "has been reaching out to a number of members of the technology community to get their ideas, their feedback, find out what's going on in the world of innovation," spokesperson Peter Cook said.

In response to an article questioning the reason for his visit, Musk referenced the Iron Man superhero in a joke tweet.

Founder of the Silicon Valley- and Boston-based  Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, Carter shared in March that the new body’s facilities will allow the Pentagon "to better tap into the region's innovation ecosystem and build relationships with local companies."