DARPA Brain Trust Looking for Android Apps

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is part of the U.S. Department of Defense known for its sponsorship and development of new technology. If you are old enough, you might remember when many of us talked about the ARPAnet when talking about what we now know of as the Internet. DARPA funds a lot of different scientific and technology efforts that push the envelope of what is possible (or even probable). So, what are they up to in the mobile technology space? Here’s a glimpse of at least one mobile aspect DARPA’s looking at…

Transformative Apps (Solicitation Number: DARPA-BAA-10-41)

The goal of the Transformative Apps program is to place the right mobile software applications (“apps”) into the hands of warfighters as the apps are needed. As a result of this program, a diverse array of apps of national security relevance will be realized using an innovative new development and acquisition process. A military apps marketplace will be created to enable rapid innovation to meet user needs based on a direct collaboration between a vibrant and highly competitive development community and involved communities of end-users.

Here’s something I found particularly interesting about this DARPA solicitation:

For the initial implementation, all apps should target the Android platforms.

Yep, it looks like DARPA has caught Android-fever too. It should be interesting to learn what kind of responses they get to this solicitation.