DARPA's Secret Research Projects

Sharon Weinberger

Journalist and Author

November 29, 2017 8:00 AM    Breakfast

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the famously secretive US government research agency that has produced or contributed to some of the world’s most innovative technologies, including the precursors of GPS, the Internet, space-based laser weapons, self-driving cars, stealth aircraft and military drones. Author Sharon Weinberger will talk about the complicated history and modern impact of the agency at a LAWAC Global Café Breakfast on Wednesday, November 29th. Founded in 1958 in response to the Soviets’ launch of Sputnik, DARPA has largely operated below the radar, receiving little direction from the Pentagon or even scientific review. This lack of oversight made way for, as Weinberger puts it, “completely screwball” projects and directors who come off more as science fiction characters than geniuses, but also produced many life-changing projects with applications in war and in the civilian world. Current projects include neural implants for soldiers, experimental space planes, liquid lasers and remote-controlled insects.

Sharon Weinberger is the executive editor for news at Foreign Policy magazine. Previously, she was the national security editor at The Intercept, where she directed the publication's defense and intelligence coverage. Her books include The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World, (2017),   A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry (2008) and Imaginary Weapons (2006). She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and holds an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. She is currently a non-resident global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 

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