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The agency credited with inventing the Internet, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, continues to pursue leading-edge technology innovations under director Regina Dugan.
DARPA is developing stealth Internet communications technology, military mobile networks, autonomous robots, a translation system that works under noisy conditions, "extreme-scale" computing prototypes, and technology for preventing insider threats. In an effort to understand online networks, DARPA also carried out a competition to find 10 red balloons that were scattered across around the country. Before becoming DARPA's director, Dugan co-founded investment firm Dugan Ventures, served as president and CEO of defense company RedXDefense, and participated in numerous government advisory boards on science. She earlier served as a special advisor to the Army's vice chief of staff and as a DARPA program manager. Dugan has a PhD in mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology and holds several patents.