Retired Lieutenant General John A. Toolan worked for Marine Corps Forces, Pacific as commanding general, leaving in October 2016. Earlier in his career, when he was a top commander in Afghanistan, Toolan advocated for the procurement of Palantir products in emails obtained by Washington Times. According to the documents, Toolan wrote that he “hope[s] the Marine Corps will further its relationship with [the combating terrorism office] providing this capability to USMC forces engaged in the current fight and that the Marine Corps will eventually integrate Palantir into its program of record.” Palantir would later quote Toolan’s glowing comments in a 2016 bid protest against the government.
In September 2017, he joined Palantir as an advisor, according to his LinkedIn profile. In 2018, the company won a ten year contract worth $876 million, for the same product that Toolan had praised while in uniform.
Toolan advocated for the procurement of Palantir products in emails obtained by Washington Times.