Tuesday, March 13, 2012
One of the Pentagon’s most tech-forward leaders is heading to a new job at Google. Regina Dugan has been the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which works on military technology for the U.S. Department of Defense, for the past three years.
“Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future of technology to the military during her time at DARPA,” a spokesperson for Google told CNET. “She will be a real asset to Google, and we are thrilled she is joining the team.”
Although Google confirmed Dugan’s hire, it is not yet commenting on her specific role at the company. According to Wired , DARPA spokesman Eric Mazzacone said that Dugan was “offered and accepted a senior executive position” with the Web giant and that she felt she couldn’t say no to such an “innovative company.”
During Dugan’s tenure at DARPA , she focused on innovation and technology development, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism and defense. According to Wired, she pushed crowdsourcing and reached out to the hacker community , which was an unusual move for a DARPA director.