DARPA Public Affairs (PA) helps DARPA programs and the Agency as a whole achieve their goals through proactive, targeted communications. We help DARPA build and maintain strong relationships with diverse stakeholder audiences by providing clear, compelling and accurate information about the Agency’s research, its relevance to national security and its potential for revolutionary change.
DARPA PA fulfills these duties by providing expert communications guidance and analysis to DARPA leadership and program managers, and ensuring that all information that DARPA publicly releases is consistent with Agency and Defense Department policy. With decades of experience in journalism, commercial public relations and government public affairs, our staff specializes in helping the Agency communicate effectively about the mission-critical technology, policy and business issues that matter to DARPA and its stakeholders.
Additionally, DARPA PA writes all web features on the DARPA News page and is the sole point of contact for the media about the Agency, its programs and personnel. If you are a member of the media, please email all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our For Media page and Media FAQ provide useful tips and insights for quickly and effectively incorporating information about DARPA into your stories.
For general questions about DARPA PA, please see our PA FAQ .
Rick Weiss, Director of Strategic Communications
Rick Weiss has served as DARPA’s director of strategic communications and science & technology policy advisor since 2014. For the five years before that, he was communications chief and senior science and technology policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Before joining the Obama Administration, he was a senior fellow specializing in science policy at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C., think tank. Weiss came to CAP from the Washington Post, where he was a science and medical reporter for 15 years and focused on the ethical, legal, social, political, economic and public policy implications of scientific advances. Weiss earned a Master of Journalism degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Cornell University.
Jared Adams, Chief of Media Relations
Jared Adams joined DARPA as chief of media relations in 2015. He oversees DARPA’s interaction with domestic and international press and is one of the Agency’s chief spokespeople. Before joining DARPA, he was director of communications for Exelis Geospatial Systems and held senior public affairs positions with SAIC and the Raytheon Company. He also led the government practice at the Merritt Group, supporting high-profile clients such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Microsoft and the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. Adams holds a Master of Arts degree in communications from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree in rhetoric from Kansas State University.
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