Why is DARPA the “mad science” division of the DOD?

DARPA stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – an entity within the walls of the Pentagon famous, or otherwise, for developing scary robots, futuristic tech and advanced weapons.

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Are scary robots, advanced weapons, and futuristic tech what DARPA represent?

Is DARPA Only Building A Killer-Robot Army?
If you look at the majority of the machines developed by DARPA, it would seem that DARPA is focused only on building a killer-robot army. But that’s just one portion of what DARPA has its hands on. It has many projects, some of which are at the core of the most significant technological advances the world has been enjoying for a long time.

ELASTx Program: Miniaturized Communications System
ELASTx Program (Efficient Linearized All-Silicon Transmitter ICS) is one such project. DARPA may have discovered a way to miniaturize communications systems to a size that will make even the existing slim systems look as bulky and outdated as the traditional military loudspeakers and radio handsets of long ago. A tiny, silicon radio transmitter chip has been created by DARPA which is more powerful but lighter and less expensive than what is currently in use.

Where ELASTx New Chips Can Be Used
ELASTx is a program that uses the new radio transmitter chips to create better communication hardware for:

  • Radar
  • Radio systems
  • Computerized guidance system

One-Of-A-Kind Silicon-Only Chip
This kind of silicon only chip can perform at and above the standard required for military and other communications systems. Usually, a radio transmitter chip would require:

  • multiple circuit boards
  • numerous I/O cables
  • separate shielded assemblies

But DARPA, according to its program manager, Dev Palmer, was able to miniaturize the entire assembly onto one silicon chip about half the size of an adult’s thumbnail. It should pave the way for new design architecture for RF military systems in the future.

Wave Relay Technology: Another DARPA Initiative
A key factor that caused the death of 19 “hotshot” Prescott, Arizona firefighters in the June 30, 2013 Yarnell Hill Blaze was poor communications resulting from the transition of new military technology from the existing communications system. Using the horrific tragedy as a perfect example of the need for better communication, a federal defense agency vowed to deliver improved communication facilities to Prescott, a year after the incident. In May, DARPA, through a com-tech company delivered a “revolutionary” Wave Relay technology to the Prescott Fire Department.

Poor communications was a key factor in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Blaze that caused the death of 19 wildland firefighters.

FLASH Program For Prescott Fire Department
This technology, previously used by U.S. Special Operations Forces exclusively, allows uninterrupted communications to “jump” between radios of multiple users seamlessly. It effectively turns each user regardless of where they are – air or ground, into a self-forming cell phone tower. This specialized equipment designed for the FLASH (Fire Line Advanced Situational Awareness for Handhelds) program was purchased by DARPA for donation to Prescott.

The revolutionary Wave Relay Technology is designed for wildland firefighters.

How FLASH Equipment Can Help Firefighters
The FLASH equipment features the ability to run through ordinary Android phones which allows everyone to see where all team members and support elements are, and the capability to exchange messages in real-time. The FLASH program aims to put an end to the day when firefighters have no way of knowing where the fire line is or where the other firefighters are or even the latest update on wind and weather conditions. The program also allows each firefighter to know the exact location of every firefighter in a plane overhead.

Wave Relay Technology: Perfect For Wildland Firefighters
Like the U.S. Special Operations Forces, wildland firefighters often find themselves in austere landscapes where there are no radio signal repeater towers or cell phone reception, making the Wave Relay technology the perfect gadget to help firefighters do their jobs more safely and effectively.

DARPA is indeed the mad science division of the Department of Defense with the kind of projects they are initiating. Do you know of other DARPA projects?

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3 thoughts on “What DOD’s Mad Science Division Has Given The Country”

  1. Alex Jones recently talked with Dr. Katherine Albrecht, an expert in the area of privacy and technology. She seems to think that DARPA’s project to nano chip soldiers has a darker agenda. She says that they intend to use a tech called ENVIVO which are nano sensors, non-invasive micro chip sensors which will provide quantitative health data. But she suspects some darker agenda. I happen to believe her. I think we are heading toward a strange and mysterious Armaggeddon.

  2. No technology that DARPA produces surprises me anymore. A key whistle blower, Andrew D. Basiago, has emerged with evidence that secret U.S. time travel technologies were used as early as 1971. He claims that DARPA’s secret technical accomplishments go far beyond what it has publicly acknowledged and that by 1970 DARPA had achieved teleportation-based time travel as well as advanced electro-optical means of discerning past and future events via different technologies that provide quantum access.

  3. I heard somewhere that DARPA launched a challenge to help develop robots that can work with people to respond to natural and other kinds of disasters. The competition — consisting of robot systems and software teams — was designed to be very difficult, at a time in robot evolution when real robots generally work on stationary bases in factories doing clearly defined repetitive tasks or in controlled laboratory environments.

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