Perhaps you sleep more soundly at night knowing that the US Government is operating the world’s most sophisticated and inventive technology lab. I mean, we ought to have the best mad scientists on the planet, right?
DARPA — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — is America’s best and brightest minds dedicated to ahead of the edge military devices including weapons, defense warning systems, transport, and medical technology. Oh, and they came up with the basis for the Internet.
President Eisenhower was in office when the “origins” story begins. It truly kicked into serious high gear when the Russians launched Sputnik in 1957. We were awfully cocky after we built The Bomb; when the Commies deployed the first satellite we lost our minds.
Money poured into NASA for space exploration and DARPA for defense. And, as Carl Sagan used to say, “billions and billions” of dollars suddenly supercharged science and technology in the USA.
DARPA projects have made huge strides in technology and eventually the top secret breakthroughs trickle down into the civilian world.
Occupied Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa — all have been “hot” proving grounds for much of the innovation. Nothing like having an actual battlefield where real-world results can mean ‘Instant Karma.’ For the past 65 years we have had ample opportunities to deploy and refine such technology.
Today, a significant part of DARPA’s research is medical and restorative applications for service personnel severely wounded in combat. Robotic arms and legs, PTSD treatments, and “bleeding quickstop” wound treatments are all being studied daily.
DARPA is not just weapons. It truly provides applications that improve life, business, and advanced technologies for society.