90 Miles From Tyranny : Why Does Darpa Need a Huge Underground Facility by Friday?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Why Does Darpa Need a Huge Underground Facility by Friday?

Darpa is often described as the “mad science” wing of the Defense Department. They’re the ones who have a history of working on cutting edge technology for the military like virtual fences, disaster relief robots, and the invention of the internet itself. They even tried to build Skynet in the 1980s.

But Darpa sent out a tweet today that’s making people a little nervous. The agency wants a large underground facility for “testing” of some sort. And they need it by Friday at 5pm ET.
Darpa explained in a follow-up tweet that the ideal location would be “several city blocks with complex layouts and multiple stories.”

Gizmodo reached out to Darpa and the agency confirmed that the turnaround time was short, but said that it was originally posted last week. That’s still incredibly short notice for a government agency that needs a large space for its experiments. Darpa wouldn’t explain why they needed an underground facility so quickly.

“Complex urban underground infrastructure can present significant challenges for situational awareness in time-sensitive scenarios, such as active combat operations or disaster response,” a Darpa spokesperson who asked to remain...

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  1. I wouldn't be surprised if these are the guys who send the spec ops guys to do maneuvers in cities.

    Nothing like the real thing to make sure stuff works.'


  2. Because their budget is about to expire and they have a test they want to conduct. they need the response by Friday to commit FY19 funds. They intend to use the facility after that, but have to secure a lease before then.

    1. This. Doing the same thing right now, and most likely every .gov agency there is.

  3. Because my brain is working like a pinball machine this morning... a mention of DARPA as the "Mad Science" branch of DoD...

    From the 70 Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries. (Schlock Mercenary)

    14. "Mad Science" means never stopping to ask "what's the worst thing that could happen?"

    (It was originally the 7-habbits of effective mercenaries, but it turns out that the people at Franklin/Covey have no sense of humor.)


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