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brain; and the Systems-Based Neuro- technology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program, which seeks to develop a new understanding of complex, systems-based disorders of the brain. "These are sad realities our nation is dealing with, but DARPA brain function work has to work with the national security mission," Prabha- kar said. "Wounded warriors are the immediate challenge we all see every day, and they re the inspiration behind revolutionizing prosthetics and restor- ing active memory and SUBNETS. But that s only part of what we re trying to do. We ask war ghters to learn and operate complex systems under extreme stress and danger. If you look at that on one hand and on the other what s happening in science and tech- nology...it s going to give us ways to heal injury, understand humans at new levels, and learn and train on com- plex systems in new ways. We re at the beginning of a very long journey." Today, Prabhakar said, DARPA s mission centers on three key areas: the complexity of the national secu- rity environment, the globalization of technology and the requisite need for agility, and a changing economic environment that requires maximizing every dollar of DARPA s stagnant bud- get, which will be about $2.9 billion in scal 2014. Those challenges are not lim- ited to DARPA or even the Defense Department. The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agen- cy and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity likely face the same struggles as DARPA, but nei- ther HSARPA nor IARPA are as well- known or as well-funded as DARPA. However, Prabhakar said compar- ing DARPA to other agencies is not necessarily a fair evaluation and does not illustrate the big picture. "What we do changes every year, every ve years or every 10 years, but our core mission and way of doing business --- we re an engine that s been humming for a long time," she said. "The reason we re able to have phenomenal impact from investments in DARPA is because we re part of and able to leverage a much larger eco- system. We re a small portion of DOD and U.S. research and development, but our dollars go out to universities, the Pentagon, labs, industry and so on. We need that whole ecosystem to work in order to do our DARPA piece of a much bigger ecosystem that s about showing what s possible with breakthrough technologies in national security, showing what s possible to change what people do next." ■ 28 February 2014 FCW.COM DrillDown FCW Has Gone Mobile. Go to fcw.com/tablet to download the tablet app today! Your mobile fcw.com experience --- optimized. isit fcw.com from your smartphone and enjoy the easier avigation and new sharing options Y e Vi na
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