'DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is looking for a large underground facility and they need it within days. Known for their secretive and ominous projects, DARPA explained in a tweet that the ideal location would be “several city blocks with complex layouts and multiple stories.”
According to a report by Gizmodo, DARPA sent out a tweet on Wednesday that’s making people a little nervous. The agency wants a large underground facility for “testing” of some sort and they needed it by Friday at 5 pm ET.
And just what could DARPA need this for? Who knows…
“Complex urban underground infrastructure can present significant challenges for situational awareness in time-sensitive scenarios, such as active combat operations or disaster response,” a DARPA spokesperson who asked to remain nameless told Gizmodo by email.
“DARPA is interested in exploring this domain for researchers to analyze and enhance approaches to improve situational awareness and response times in emergency scenarios,” the DARPA spokesperson continued. “Locations submitted could help the research community identify relevant sites for further field experimentation to accelerate their development of such technologies.” –Gizmodo
That actually brings up more questions than answers. Why would DARPA need an underground facility for “active combat operations?” It makes one wonder who will be the enemy combatant. DARPA is currently hosting the Subterranean Challenge, which is for mapping and traversing underground environments. But the public is already aware of this. DARPA’s “Urban Circuit” challenge is happening in February of 2020, so we can guess that this underground location might be for that, but we don’t know for sure. And it would be strange to only organize something like that on a week’s notice.
Gizmodo also received an angry email from Jared Adams, DARPA’s Chief of Communications, about the way the media outlet chose to characterize DARPA and their often nefarious experiments. But, as Gizmodo stated: perhaps the communications department should have a word with whoever controls the agency’s Twitter account. We weren’t the ones concurring that its desire for such a quick turnaround sounded “ominous.” And plenty of other news outlets seemed to think it was just as weird and a bit terrifying, knowing what DARPA has done in the past.'
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