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DARPA History

History of DARPA and its accomplishments

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The DARPA Twitter and Facebook feeds reach millions of people each year; our tweets generated more than 70 million impressions in 2015, while our Facebook posts garnered nearly 19 million impressions. People from around the world connect with DARPA to learn about the Agency’s steady stream of advances, share ideas, look back at historical achievements and peek ahead at the future of technology.
May 5, 2016, will mark the opening of a new and exciting exhibit at Chicago's famed Museum of Science and Industry: an in-depth and interactive look behind the curtain at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
DARPA’s technology portfolio comprises about 250 paradigm-challenging programs across dozens of fields, from quantum metamaterials and machine learning to neurotechnology and unmanned system autonomy. Throughout the year, the Agency produces updates about newly launched efforts, promising results, and major program accomplishments. We post them all on the DARPA website, which in 2016 received 27 million page views—a 35 percent increase over last year.
DARPA’s Twitter and Facebook feeds allow people around the world to connect with DARPA—to learn about and comment on the Agency’s pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies and occasionally to reminisce with us about history. Our tweets generated more than 14 million impressions in 2016, while our Facebook posts garnered approximately 15 million impressions. Progress in the fields of neurotechnology, cybersecurity, microelectronics, and quantum mechanics—along with DARPA’s development of unmanned vehicles that could revolutionize air- and sea-based capabilities—were among the most popular topics. Did your favorite DARPA program crack our top ten lists?
One of the best places to learn how DARPA is redefining what’s possible is the DARPA YouTube channel. The channel is home to hundreds of videos showing the depth and breadth of DARPA’s research and the amazing people behind it. All told in 2016, our videos were watched nearly 3.5 million times, and viewers cumulatively spent almost 11 years looking at our footage.