DARPA launched the Aerospace Projects Office (APO) in 2015 in response to a new Defense Department initiative, the Aerospace Innovation Initiative (AII), which aims to ensure that the United States can maintain air dominance in future contested environments. The AII includes a new program, AII-X, tasked with designing and demonstrating advanced aircraft technologies. The AII-X program is being led by DARPA, and the APO is its home.
In addition to investing in critical platform technologies for future operations in contested environments, AII-X aims to reduce the lead time for future systems while also strengthening the nation’s critically important defense-industrial-base design teams. Under the program and in partnership with the Air Force and the Navy, DARPA will develop and demonstrate technologies that enable cost-effective air warfare capabilities for defeating future near-peer threats.
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