If the Metal Gear Solid series taught me anything, it was that long-winded existential masturbation sessions can get old. It was news to me. If the series taught me two things, it was that DARPA is a bunch of future-killing robo-bastards. Now that DARPA director Regina Dugan is stepping down to take a job at Google the obvious is confirmed: Google is Skynet.
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 projects to immediate, battlefield concerns.
“Regina Dugan’s leadership at Darpa has been extraordinary and she will be missed throughout the Department. We are all very grateful for the many contributions she has made in advancing the technologies that our war fighters depend on. She leaves for an exciting new opportunity and we wish her every success,” Frank Kendall, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, says in a statement.
It’s all over by the (post-apocalyptic) after party!