Less than one week after releasing Breakthrough Technologies for National Security (http://go.usa.gov/3rut4), DARPA’s latest summary of the Agency’s mission, accomplishments and funding priorities for extending its legacy of technological disruption, the Agency today announced four major new programs—evidence of DARPA’s commitment to pursuing high-risk/high-reward research and making the impossible possible. The programs are:
The new programs follow the model of DARPA’s successful High-speed Optimized Handling of Holiday Operations (HO HO HO) initiative last December. Follow-up studies confirmed that by offering access to technology from numerous DARPA programs, HO HO HO helped Santa and his elves more quickly and efficiently complete their holiday duties.
“When it comes to the challenge of ensuring national security advantage, DARPA aims to remain unrivaled, despite how fast the world is changing,” said Jared Adams, the Agency’s chief of media relations—noting, as evidence of how unpredictable the world is today, that even he is not in Kansas anymore. “The four programs we’re announcing today should tell our adversaries in no uncertain terms that no one can out-pace, out-innovate or out-acronym DARPA—not now, not ever.”
DARPA intends to release Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) outlining the Agency’s technical objectives for each of the four new programs. As ever, DARPA encourages participation by non-traditional performers—and in this case expects nothing less.
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