posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 02:22 PM
From Wired.com's "DANGER ROOM - What's Next In National Security"
Exclusive: Darpa Director Bolts Pentagon for Google
Darpa director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon’s premiere research shop to take a job with Google.
Dugan, whose controversial tenure at the agency lasted just under three years, was “offered and accepted at senior executive position” with the
internet giant, according to Darpa spokesman Eric Mazzacone. She felt she couldn’t say no to such an “innovative company,” he adds.
Dugan’s emphasis on cybersecurity and next-generation manufacturing earned her strong support from the White House, winning her praise from the
President and maintaining the agency’s budget even during a period of relative austerity at the Pentagon. Her push into crowdsourcing and outreach
to the hacker community were eye-openers in the often-closed world of military R&D. Dugan also won over some military commanders by diverting some of
her research cash from long-term, blue-sky projects to immediate battlefield concerns.
“There is a time and a place for daydreaming. But it is not at Darpa,” she told a congressional panel in March 2011 (.pdf). “Darpa is not the
place of dreamlike musings or fantasies, not a place for self-indulging in wishes and hopes. Darpa is a place of doing.” For an agency that spent
millions of dollars on shape-shifting robots, Mach 20 missiles, and mind-controlled limbs, it was something of a revolutionary statement.
Later on in the article it states that The Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has an active investigation ongoing that looks into Dugan's
approval of certain defense contracts as there may have been contract(s) given to a company she owns. Although the article states the investigation
has nothing to do with the move to Google
“Dr. Dugan’s departure is not related to an OIG investigation,” Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan, a spokesperson for the Office of the Secretary of
Defense, adds in a statement. “The OIG conducts regular audits of Defense agency contracts and ethics programs; as a Defense agency, this includes
Perhaps, but it would be a great cover story nonetheless as to the reason for her relinquishing to Google.
Very interesting acquisition Google has made to their team. I mean, it's just a search engine company right? I wonder what her role will be?
From the PopSci article
Subheadline Link: Do you have what it takes to run DARPA? Ability to mind-control the weather a plus
DARPA Chief Departs Defense Department to Work for Google
Google didn't specify what she'll be doing, but said she will be a "real asset." "Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future of
technology to the military during her time at DARPA," the company said in a statement.
So, who will be the next DARPA Chief? and...what will become of Google in the future?