Opening Remarks – Dr. Steven Walker, DARPA Director

Dr. Steven Walker, DARPA Director, heralds the agency’s past as he looks toward its future in his opening message to attendees at D60, a symposium marking DARPA’s 60th anniversary. He begins with the charter that created the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) – now, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – in response to the Sputnik launch. The charter directed the agency to perform advanced research and development with the primary mission to ensure the United States would never again be surprised by another nation’s technological achievements. Dr. Walker describes the profound impact DARPA’s technologies have had on national security, including portable GPS receivers, unmanned aerial vehicles, and the ARPANET, which became the internet and forever changed the way the world communicates.

D60 took place Sept. 5-7, 2018, at Gaylord National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.