Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency director Arati Prabhakar said the agency should revert back to its core mission of preparing the country for the threats of the future, NextGov reports.
She said the agency will shift its focus to cybersecurity, analysis of big data sets and the next generation of biological research.
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq altered DARPA’s focus from the development of future tech, to the creation of battlefield tech slated for more immediate use.
Prabhakar said DARPA must ensure that the US will “continue to be the world’s best user and the best builder of capabilities from this globally available tool set.”
The DARPA director started her new role July 30 and was speaking at the National Defense Industrial Association as she outlined plans for agency.
Prabhakar added that one of DARPA’s first priorities is “projects that are so inspiring that kids get excited about doing technology.”