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Defense.gov News Article: New Director Details Elements of DARPA’s Future Success


Defense gov News Article New Director Details Elements of DARPA s Future Success

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2012 – Breakthrough national security capabilities, a differentiated U.S. technology base and a continued robust Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are elements of DARPA’s future success, Arati Prabhakar, the agency’s director, said here yesterday.

Prabhakar, who started July 30 as DARPA’s new director, addressed an audience of Office of Naval Research leaders and program managers and members of industry, academia and other government agencies at ONR’s Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference.

“We are working today on projects that will make an impact in the next two years and the next four years and the next six years, but that’s just the tip of the spear,” Prabhakar said. “The true impact from the work we’re doing today is going to be felt over a period of a decade or two decades or three decades. So I like to imagine a future in 2025 or 2030, or maybe even 2035, [in which we’re] able to go back and say, ‘We did the right things … and made the right investments and found the right people to work with.’”

The director, who received a doctorate in applied physics and a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, joined DARPA as a program manager in 1986. Over seven years, she initiated and managed programs in advanced semiconductor technology, flexible manufacturing and demonstration projects to insert new semiconductor technologies into military systems.

She also was the founding director of DARPA’s Microelectronics Technology Office, leading a team of program managers in optoelectronics, infrared imaging, nanoelectronics and other areas.

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