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Arati Prabhakar: DARPA Aims to ‘Change What’s Possible’ With Nat’l Security Tech Investments

Arati Prabhakar
Arati Prabhakar

Dr. Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said Tuesday that the agency invests in technology it believes can enhance communications, navigation, weapons and radar systems, the American Forces Press Service reported Wednesday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes that Prabhakar testified at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Tuesday about national investments in technology research and development projects.

Prabhakar told lawmakers that DARPA’s goal is “to make the pivotal early investments that change what’s possible so we can take big steps forward in our national security capabilities.”

“Every time a stealth fighter evades an air defense system, every time a soldier on the ground is able to place himself precisely with GPS and get the data he needs, every time a radar on an aircraft carrier allows us to see a threat to a carrier strike group before it sees us — that’s when we count our mission complete,” she said, according to AFPS.

AFPS reports that the agency’s R&D portfolio includes cyber and big data projects that have goals to address global human trafficking and other security issues.

“And in a range of research areas, we can see the new seeds of technological surprise,” Prabhakar added, according to Pellerin’s article.

“One example is where biology is intersecting with engineering today, and in areas like that, we are making investments that will lead to new technologies like synthetic biology and neurotechnology,” she added.

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