Regina Dugan, who spent the past two and a half years as the first female director of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), has accepted a job as senior executive at Google, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed.
Dugan was the 19th director of the military agency, founded in 1958 after the Russians sent Sputnik into space. The agency's founding mission was "prevention and invention of strategic surprise."
To that end, DARPA has funded the development of science-fiction-style technologies including a robotic cheetah and prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by your mind. Night vision and GPS also came out of projects backed by DARPA, and back in the late 1970s and '80s the agency was responsible for the development of the Internet.
In an interview with Walt Mossberg at the D: All Things Digital conference in 2011, she wore a T-shirt with the logo I3 on the front and explained that it stood for "impossible, improbable, inevitable, which is a common progression of programs at DARPA."