The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington, Virginia. As a symbol of the United States military, "The Pentagon" is often used metonymically to refer to the Department of Defense.
- "I cracked the Pentagon's firewall in high school on a dare."
- ―Tony Stark
During high school, Tony Stark was dared by his classmates to crack the Pentagon's firewall, which he did. Something that, even years later, still made him consider the facility's cyber-security sub-bar.
After successfully managing to recreate Abraham Erskine's Super Soldier Serum, Howard Stark planned to visit the Pentagon to deliver the serum before going on vacation to the Bahamas with his wife, Maria. However, on the way there, Howard and Maria Stark were assassinated by the Winter Soldier under the orders of HYDRA operative Vasily Karpov, in order for HYDRA to acquire the serum and create their own super soldiers.
Downing of the Aerodynamic Marvel
General Turner, one of the officers in charge of assigning missions to Tony Stark during his earliest days as Iron Man, called Stark to ask him to retrieve a piece of surveillance technology in Congo.
However, Stark was able to see past his lies and rescued the pilot without bloodshed, infuriating Turner and the Joint Chiefs.
Primary Systems Contractor
Justin Hammer's next attempt to assure himself a position as the Department of Defense Primary Systems Contractor at the Pentagon for over 25 years was the development of manned armored suits similar to that the ones developed by Tony Stark, after his contract was suspended when Stark revealed Hammer's secret attempt to duplicate the technology before the Senate Armed Forces Committee in Washington, D.C.
Hunt of Bruce Banner
General Thaddeus Ross coordinated the hunt of Bruce Banner from his office at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Banner was able to elude capture for some years, even although the United States Armed Forces located some of the safehouses used by Banner.
Ross monitored the efforts from the Pentagon, establishing an investigation report with files about his sightings, different evidences found, and continuous control of Banner's known accomplices, particularly, Betty Ross and Leonard Samson, and trying to figure Banner's intentions.
Major Kathleen Sparr informed General Ross of a severe case of Gamma poisoning by a man in Milwaukee, who suffered it after drinking from a bottle that got impregnated with Banner's blood while he suffered a cut in the bottling factory he was working on Brazil. Ross quickly deduced that Banner was hiding at the location of the bottling factory, and he should be the only Caucasian working there. Both Ross and Sparr left the Pentagon in order to assemble a military unit to capture Banner.
Ross and Blonsky reunited in the Pentagon after the unsuccessful capture of Banner, with Blonsky reaffirming his compromise to the mission, advising Ross to choose men ready to fight Hulk without fear.
General Ross decided to disclose Blonsky the exact nature of Banner's work, an attempt to recreate the results of Project Rebirth in order to create "super-soldiers", and that Banner was unaware of Ross motivations to finance the project, as he thought he was investigating to improve radiation resistance. Ross offered Blonsky a chance to undergo an experimental procedure, administrating a dose of the Super Soldier Serum to improve his physical capabilities in order to battle Hulk next time he was located.
Ross returned to the Pentagon after another failed mission to capture Banner in Willowdale, and was briefed on Blonsky's condition, who was critically injured by Hulk in the battle, with almost all his bones broken with a violent blow. Ross reviewed the TV news report about the incident, and was briefed by Major Sparr about a change in Blonsky's condition, prompting him to check it himself: Blonsky healed himself miraculously.
The effects of the Super Soldier Serum administered to Blonsky led Ross to organize a major manhunt of Banner and Betty Ross, enlisting the help of the FBI, local police departments and S.H.I.E.L.D., as now Banner wasn't fleeing, he was looking for help.
Banner's last communication with an accomplice known as "Mister Blue" allowed to track his direction and identity to that of Samuel Sterns a professor from the department of cellular biology at Grayburn College in New York City, ordering a blockade of the access to New York.
Taunting the Mandarin
The Pentagon was involved in a heavy manhunt of the terrorist leader known as the Mandarin, suspected responsible of at least nine terrorist acts using a series explosive artifacts that left no trace.
Happy Hogan was hospitalized due to the injuries he suffered in the explosion of the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, prompting Tony Stark to publicly threaten the Mandarin, leaving aside politics and the Pentagon, as he simply wanted revenge.
The Pentagon was one of the intended targets of Project Insight, as many of its workers were deemed a threat for HYDRA's plans. The Insight satellites marked numerous individuals as candidates in the Pentagon. The building was not shot as Captain America and his allies were able to change the intended targets and stop HYDRA in time.
Establishment of the Storage Warehouse
- "Okay, we, uh, traced the number to a spot near the Pentagon."
- ―Billy Koenig
The United States Armed Forces established a special Storage Warehouse near the Pentagon operated by a Joint Task Force under Brigadier General Glenn Talbot's leadership. The Armed Forces seized thousands of assets and equipment from S.H.I.E.L.D. when HYDRA revealed its continued existence within the agency's ranks and stored them in the warehouse.
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