(Homeland Security News Wire) — Since her appointment as DARPA chief last June, Regina Dugan has kept a low profile, at least compared to long-serving predecessor Tony Tether. Now, a year later, Dugan is finally talking.
In a statement to the House Armed Service Committee’s panel on terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities, Dugan outlined her vision for the future of the Pentagon’s push-the-envelope research arm, with everything from plant-based vaccines to biomimetics making the short list. None of it is possible, she told the panel, without more investment in American universities and industry to cultivate the techies of the future. Dugan said DARPA needs more troops for its “elite army of futuristic technogeeks.”