DARPA's new chief

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Found at HPCwire, news that the feds announced a new research chief for the DoD, the first female to hold the position in its 51-year history

R. DuganThe Department of Defense (DoD) today announced the appointment of Regina E. Dugan as the 19th director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARPA is the principal agency within the DoD for research, development, and demonstration of concepts, devices, and systems that provide highly advanced military capabilities for the current and future combat force. In this role of developing high-risk, high-payoff projects, DARPA compliments and balances the overall science and technology program of the DoD.

…Prior to this appointment, Dugan held several key positions in industry, most recently as president and chief executive officer of RedXDefense, LLC, which she co-founded in 2005, a company that develops defense against explosive threats. She has also served in senior executive positions in several additional companies in roles ranging from global sales and marketing to research and product development.

Of course, our interests here are very narrow, and she does not appear on the surface to be well-positioned to champion high performance computing. But I’m sure there’s more to her than a 100 word bio can reveal.


  1. […] been a year since DARPA’s new chief, Regina Dugan, took over the reigns from an administration that found itself crosswise with the academic community at just about every […]