Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has said that his investment priorities for DARPA are aligned with President Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy and Defense Secretary James Mattis’ National Defense Strategy, DoD News reported Thursday.
Walker, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, told House Armed Services Committee members at a hearing Wednesday that his first priority is to develop technologies in the areas of cybersecurity, biosecurity and defense against weapons of mass destruction.
He added that DARPA’s second investment priority is to stay ahead of peer competitors in Europe and Asia.
“The [United States] can no longer be dominant across all scenarios, but it needs to be highly lethal in select ones.”
The DARPA director noted that the U.S. military needs to obtain new technologies across physical, space and electromagnetic spectrum domains.
DARPA’s third priority is to effectively complete global stabilization efforts and the fourth is to continue research in science and technology.