The company was awarded the new contract after its success providing Darpa
with its nuclear-threat detection kits, which are part of its D3S product range.
In addition to that of Christofilos, some other DARPA
hires seem inexplicable.
Measured by breadth of research, analysis of sources, and narrative composition, The Imagineers of War stands head and shoulders above Annie Jacobsen's The Pentagon's Brain (2015), the only other recent book about DARPA
. Although both authors selectively pluck titillating samples from the past to present DARPA
history, to one degree or another, as an expose of wasteful effort, Weinberger at least tries to be more objective.
"This convergence of low cost and high availability means that applications for gene editing 6 both positive and negative 6 could arise from people or states operating outside of the traditional scientific community and international norms," said Darpa
. "It is incumbent on Darpa
to perform this research and develop technologies that can protect against accidental and intentional misuse."
The idea of exploding numerous nuclear weapons on the fringes of space to test the "Christofilos effect" seems outlandish today, but the fact that this project was pursued illuminates the national security environment of those times and DARPA
's willingness to undertake risky projects.
Director Arati Prabhakar in her keynote speech said there are some 200 DARPA
programs at any given time--many of them classified.
According to a statement on DARPA
's website, "the clinical
The catalog is so impressive that many R&D groups have looked to DARPA
as a proven model of successful disruptive innovation (Bonvillian 2006; Belfiore 2009).
According to the Washington Times, the DARPA
is currently working on technology that will be able to replace up to five crew members on military aircraft
For details about the DARPA
Robotics Challenge, visit http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/.
Robotics Challenge aims to advance the state of the art in robotic perception, dexterity, strength, decision making, and supervised autonomy, meaning that the robots could be controlled by nonexperts.