Well more accurately, Dr. Arati Prabhakar, the Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) speaks, answering some questions for Engadget:
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What is DARPA, and what is your job as director?
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is an agency of the Department of Defense with a very specific mission: to make seminal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security. We are explicitly a “projects” agency — we identify technical capabilities that don’t exist today, but that we think could be made real with the right kind of concerted effort; we pick individuals to lead the charge toward achieving those bold and sometimes even implausible goals; and we provide a carefully balanced mix of funding, freedom and insistence upon meeting milestones along the way. If progress does not continue apace or failure appears inevitable, we drop the effort, shift our focus and move on, in the recognition that when one bets on breakthroughs, one will sometimes lose.