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DARPA’s Director Quits to Take Executive Slot at Google

By Shepard Ambellas | The Intel Hub | March 13, 2012

The world is a mysterious place.

Regina Dugan, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is quitting her Pentagon funded post at the agency — trading it for a ‘senior executive’ position with internet giant Google.

It makes you wonder just how big and powerful Google is getting, and what are they actually into.

According to Donald Melanson;

 The company (Google) has just reported $8.58 billion in gross revenue for the first quarter of 2011, which represents a 27 percent increase over the first quarter of last year, but is actually a bit less than analysts were expecting. That figure also doesn’t include the company’s so-called traffic acquisition costs, however, which totaled $2.04 billion for the quarter and bring the company’s actual revenue down to “just” $6.54 billion. Net income for the quarter was $2.3 billion, which represents a more modest gain from $1.96 billion in the first quarter of 2010. Also cutting into profits quite a bit was Google’s operating expenses, which were up a hefty 33 percent to $2.8 billion — a sizable chunk of which went to the nearly 2,000 new employees the company hired during the quarter.

That’s a pretty hefty take, must be nice.

A Wired excerpt reads;

Dugan’s emphasis on cybersecurity and next-generation manufacturing earned her strong support from the White House, winning her praise from the President and maintaining the agency’s budget even during a period of relative austerity at the Pentagon. Her push into crowdsourcing and outreach to the hacker community were eye-openers in the often-closed world of military R&D. Dugan also won over some military commanders by diverting some of her research cash from long-term, blue-sky projects to immediate battlefield concerns.

“There is a time and a place for daydreaming. But it is not at Darpa,” she told a congressional panel in March 2011 (.pdf). “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. The Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is alsoactively investigating hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of contracts that Darpa gave out to RedX Defense — a bomb-detection firm that Dugan co-founded, and still partially owns. A separate audit is examining a sample of the 2,000 other research contracts Darpa has signed during Dugan’s tenure, to “determine the adequacy of Darpa’s selection, award, and administration of contracts and grants,” according to a military memorandum.

Results of the Inspector General’s work haven’t been released and, according to her spokesman, the work had “no impact” on Dugan’s decision,  “The only reason she decided to leave the Pentagon was the allure of working at Google.”

So what will Dugan really be working on for Google? Only time will tell.

March 13, 2012 - Posted by | Full Spectrum Dominance | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. OPEN LETTER TO MICROSOFT_
    Dear Dave and other friends working and inventing and improving the functionality of things Microsoft,
    We have a problem. Unfortunately, the swine have found the brain capacity to find ways to do evil with cybertechnology. If I could stop by one of your outlets and pick up on a professional virus that would meltdown hackers and gossipy snoops like this DARPA ratface, I would certainly appreciate it. In fact, such a device would triple Microsoft’s ales in this relatively stagnant period, now that Gates has deserted us for visions of grandeur on how he personally will be able to poison off 90% of the world’s people without the remaining 10% filleting him like a trout. Even though I may have computer security of the recommended kind, they still steal my files. If there were to be the equivalent of a cyber H-bomb that would not only destroy the intruders’ machines, the sound of the blast would cause their ears to bleed if they had on earphones, I can almost guarantee a doubling of Microsoft’s stock and everyone would take back ANY negative thing they may have EVER said about you guys and invite you to beach parties near Paul Allen’s house in Hawai’i. I am so very happy with my PC except for the file thefts. There is no porn on my machine at all, so just a file theft foiler/ cyber-nuclear detonation deterent program for under $50.00 is a GUARANTEED winner in my eyes. The U.S. government has gone bonkers with molesters, thieves, murderers, and other psychopaths like this DARPA gone Google person. She will not tell the truth about 9-11, which makes her persona-non-grata almost anywhere on earth. That is very bad for business. Sorry about the toll bridges around Seattle You should NOT have sold to the warmongers. They are too expensive even for you people.

    Your pal, Howard T. Lewis III

    P.S. The file thefts concentrate on HAARP, 9-11, personal emails, high finance, crimes by the Bush cabal, Britannia as the U.S’s attacker.

    Comment by Howard T. Lewis III | March 13, 2012 | Reply

  2. Personal message to the ex-DARPA official , now at Google :
    read TheRecipeForaNation.WordPress.com and UPNtheory.WordPress.com .

    Then ask yourself : do you have a Ticket/Reservation for the Escape Pod as pictured in the movie 2012 , or you ‘think’ is just for the ‘elite’ that is using you ?
    You can also use this exercise as an IQ test …

    Comment by Doru | March 13, 2012 | Reply


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