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DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry

DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry 18 December, 2019

Steven Walker, the director of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced his resignation Dec. 17, a DARPA spokesman said.

Walker’s resignation is effective January 10, 2020. Walker succeeded Arati Prabhakar, who left the agency in January 2017.

Walker will move on to a position in the industry, though a DARPA spokesman did not reveal where. DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam, a former director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, will assume the role of acting director until a permanent director is appointed.

Highnam is also a former director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.

DARPA is responsible for driving the development of emerging technologies for use by the military. Walker has been credited with reinvigorating the agency’s hypersonic weapons and space efforts and was a champion of the Blackjack project to develop a distributed low Earth orbit satellite constellation.

 

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