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DARPA Director Leaves Pentagon For Google 70

Posted by Soulskill
from the needs-better-funding dept.
New submitter srussia writes with this quote from Wired: "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 could not say no to such an 'innovative company,' he adds. ... 'There is a time and a place for daydreaming. But it is not at DARPA,' she told a congressional panel in March 2011. 'DARPA is not the place of dreamlike musings or fantasies, not a place for self-indulging in wishes and hopes. DARPA is a place of doing.' For an agency that spent millions of dollars on shape-shifting robots, Mach 20 missiles, and mind-controlled limbs, it was something of a revolutionary statement. The shift was only one of the reasons why Dugan was a highly polarizing figure within her agency, and in the larger defense research community."
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DARPA Director Leaves Pentagon For Google

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  • by stms (1132653) on Saturday March 17, 2012 @11:53AM (#39389881)

    You don't dream the future you build it. Yeah sure you had to have an idea but ideas are the easy part the hard part is implementation.

  • by Animats (122034) on Saturday March 17, 2012 @12:29PM (#39390077) Homepage

    It's probably because Google pays more.

    It seems late to be going to Google to do research. Five years ago, yes. Today, no. Google's innovations lately all seem to involve more intrusive advertising.

    I hope Google keeps funding the automatic driving effort. At least until some auto manufacturer picks it up. They're getting close to something usable. Now they need to switch from that rotating car-top Velodyne kludge LIDAR to multiple flash LIDARs like Advanced Scientific Concepts makes, and get the size and price down.

  • by lucm (889690) on Saturday March 17, 2012 @12:36PM (#39390127)

    Seriously she reminds me of Nina Sharp in Fringe.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 17, 2012 @12:52PM (#39390217)

    What did she get the government to do for Google while at DARPA which secured her this cushy position?

    I firmly believe that no government officer above a certain position, or elected representative, should be able to work in the private sector for at least ten years after they have left government. I couldn't give a fuck if this means we have to increase their salaries or be seen as paying them to do nothing. It would be so much better than the current revolving door situation.

  • Embrace Evil (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Scareduck (177470) on Saturday March 17, 2012 @01:46PM (#39390473) Homepage Journal

    It is hard to imagine just how much this embraces the opposite of "Don't be evil". Bringing in someone from DARPA is pretty much a conduit to everything that is wrong and broken about American political life right now.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)

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