Short Bytes: DARPA, the organization which once invented stealth plane and the Internet, is apprehensive of the fatal weaponry’s which are being made out of the common household objects. So, DARPA has decided to do a feasibility study of the same through a program called ‘Improv’ to replicate the mindset of the adversaries.
Improv invites technologists to propose designs for military applications. The weaponry has to be built exclusively from a commercial software or open source code, or even from readily available materials.
The motive behind the ‘Improv’ program is to show how easy it is to make a deadly weapon from daily household things. To some, it may seem counterproductive for a federal defense agency to publicly encourage technicians to invent weapons that are easy to replicate.
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For the last 58 years, DARPA has funded defense research about looming threats. But, an explosion of innovative technologies has made it easier for adversaries to acquire sophisticated tools easily. Not to be forgotten, it had been the DARPA that invented the Internet, GPS, and stealth planes. However, in the recent times, DARPA has struggled to anticipate the ways in which existing technological advancements can avert their operations and re-forcing to re-plan them.
These days, cases of public shooting, 3D printed guns, household bomb making and cyber attacks have seen a rise in the US. Keeping these things in the view, the entire program is scheduled to wrap up by the end of 2016. Main says the results may or may not be made public, but promises that DARPA will use them to hone its research aimed at protecting against future threats.