It’s not every day that the U.S. Department of Defense takes to Twitter to create a mysterious story from nothing, but that’s what happened on August 28.
“We’re interested in identifying university-owned or commercially managed underground urban tunnels and facilities able to host research and experimentation,” they said.
Attention, city dwellers! We’re interested in identifying university-owned or commercially managed underground urban tunnels & facilities able to host research & experimentation. https://go.usa.gov/xVWCn
It’s short notice… We’re asking for responses by Aug. 30 at 5:00 PM ET.
david lee hrothgar @bizmarkiedesade
Clearly the Twitter speculation machine kicked into full effect. DARPA is the boffin branch of the U.S. military—an exciting collection of military strategists and scientists, supported by science and technology programs nationwide and fueling ongoing R&D across the defense industry.
DARPA is engaged on more than 200 research projects, and these range from robotics to networking to AI to battlefield and surveillance tech. The mission is “to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.”
The organization dates back to the 1950s and Russia’s Sputnik satellite—a surprise lesson learned for the U.S. And so DARPA represents a commitment to be “the initiator and not the victim of strategic technological surprises.”
It’s always exciting to engage with them, and when there is a new military focus into AI or autonomous battlefield objects or the Internet of Battlefield Things, for example, DARPA engages and commissions.
What DARPA is doing here is looking to “understand the state-of-the-art in innovative technologies that may enable future solutions to rapidly map, navigate, and search unknown complex subterranean environments to locate objects of interest.”
So one can expect a range of new, exciting technologies from vendors will be put through their paces as the DOD’s boffins watch and evaluate.
“The subterranean domain,” DARPA have said, “whether human-made tunnels, urban underground infrastructure, or natural cave networks, is becoming increasingly relevant for global security and disaster-related search and rescue missions.”
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