The US Senate Armed Services Committee has launched an investigation into why Elon Musk is able to make decisions on the use of Starlink in Ukraine's military operations without government approval. This was reported by Bloomberg.
The main reason for the committee's interest was the situation in which Musk refused to provide communications in Crimea to support Ukraine in its attack on the Russian fleet.
Committee Chairman Jack Reed noted that reports on the use of Starlink revealed "serious national security concerns." The committee plans to consider the issue of government contracts and "the huge role that Mr. Musk and his company have played here."
The senators express surprise at why the decision to use Starlink was not coordinated with the government and believe that US national security cannot depend on one citizen, in this case, Elon Musk.
"Neither Elon Musk nor any private citizen can have the final say when it comes to US national security," Reed said.
This issue also caused a demand for the Pentagon to provide an explanation on how Elon Musk can make decisions about the use of satellite communications by Ukraine without government approval.