If you want to serve your country without having to join the Army, DARPA has an offer that you won’t resist. Recently, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency has asked all technicians, specialists, hobbyists and researchers to help the defense the department figure out defenses against improvised explosive devices.
DARPA’s new program is called Improv, and it is opened to anyone who possesses the necessary skills or expertise to develop explosive devices using common items around the house and even appliances.
This means anyone who can turn a toaster or a keyboard into a deadly weapon is encouraged to join the program which is sponsored by the US’s Department of Defense.
This is the bottom line idea: over the years, the threat IEDs transported by drones has increased ten-fold. Moreover, many Marines have lost their lives due to improvised explosive devices. DARPA wants to find a way to turn the weapons against their enemy and to see how there are built and what materials can be used to create such a device.
Of course, you still have to obey the law during the testing and construction of these devices. Furthermore, DARPA is especially interested to see IEDs can be built using salvaged components from communication, marine, and construction.
So, what’s this really about? To sum up the whole thing, it’s about finding a way inside the mind of a potential aggressor. DARPA knows that any object found in a household can be turned into a lethal weapon if someone possess the necessary expertise.
This is why they’ve started this project in the first place. Now, if you’re a weapon’s specialist, a wannabee hacker, or simply a man who builds weapons of mass destruction in his spare time, you’re able to hop on the wagon.
Furthermore, don’t you go out thinking that you’ll serve your country free of charge or just for the fun of it. DARPA declared that everyone is entitled to present their project. If the concept is solid and the project attractive, the person or persons will win 40.000 dollars. That’s phase one.
In the second stage of the project, several phase one candidates will be selected to build their devices having a research grant of 70.000 dollars.
If any of the projects are good enough, DARPA may select them to enter the third phase of the program which requires the participants to build a bigger version of the IED and to perform a live demo in front of a committee.
All of these steps must be completed within a 90-day interval. For more information about the Improv project, head on over to DARPA’s official website and check out what you need to do in order to participate.