Dr. Stefanie Tompkins

Golden Defense

Since her return to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in 2021 as director, Stefanie Tompkins has spearheaded the agency’s efforts to develop new and disruptive technology capabilities. Along with ensuring the variety of programs underway at DARPA stay on track, Tompkins has also oversaw the creation of new initiatives that cultivate science and technology careers in the United States. “The world is incredibly dynamic, and technology and threats are evolving faster than we have ever seen before,” Tompkins said in a statement. “Status quo is a losing strategy. We need to explore many topics to find those rare DARPA ideas that could result in new, game-changing technologies for U.S. national security.”

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