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Darpa Chief: Fix America’s Critical Geek Shortage

By Katie Drummond March 31, 2010 | 9:43 am | Categories: DarpaWatch

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 after taking the top job at Darpa, Dugan’s finally talking.

In a statement last week [.pdf] 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 blue-sky research arm, with everything from plant-based vaccines to biomimetics making the short list. But none of it’s possible, she told the panel, without more investment in American universities and industry to cultivate the techies of the future.

Or as Dugan herself put it, Darpa needs more troops for its “elite army of futuristic technogeeks.”

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