DARPAs Programs in Enhancing Human Performance

Michael Goldblatt, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was established in 1958 as the first U.S. response to the Soviet launching of Sputnik. Since that time, DARPA's mission has been to assure that the United States maintains a lead in applying state-of-the-art technology for military capabilities and to prevent technological surprise from her adversaries.

With the infusion of technology into the modern theater of war, the human has become the weakest link, both physiologically and cognitively. Recognizing this vulnerability, DARPA has recently begun to explore augmenting human performance to increase the lethality and effectiveness of the warfighter by providing for super physiological and cognitive capabilities.

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