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One of the most sophisticated and secretive wings of the US Department of Defense wants to know if you have any 'underground urban tunnels & facilities' for it to conduct experiments in.
On Twitter, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, known for its penchant for wildly futuristic-sounding studies and experiments -- i.e. mind controlled drones or 'time crystals' -- put out a call to all of its unsuspecting followers.
'Attention - City - Dwellers - Tweet - Tunnels
'Attention, city dwellers!,' the tweet began. 'We're interested in identifying university-owned or commercially managed underground urban tunnels & facilities able to host research & experimentation.'
The agency elaborated:
Space - Environment - City - Blocks - Layout
'The ideal space would be a human-made underground environment spanning several city blocks w/ complex layout & multiple stories, including atriums, tunnels & stairwells. Spaces that are currently closed off from pedestrians or can be temporarily used for testing are of interest.'
What's more, DARPA says its in a bit of a time crunch to acquire said commercially or university managed multi-block underground urban tunnel/facility.
Deadline - Responses - Agency - Request - August
A deadline for responses to the agency's request is set to expire on August 30 at 5:00 pm, giving potentially interested parties about two days to act.
Some things that jump out about the sudden and head-scratching tweet: everything.
Solicitation - DARPA - Plan - Facility - Example
The solicitation has left many wondering - What does DARPA plan on using the facility for? Why are the example pictures included in the tweet so terrifying? Why such unreasonably short notice?
DARPA's does give some insight into its call within the actual Request for Information issued on its website, in which it vaguely alludes to technologies capable of 'future solutions to rapidly map, navigate, and search unknown complex subterranean environments to locate objects of interest.'
Agency - Research - Applications - Towards - Disaster
The agency also alludes that its research may have possible applications towards disaster relief and, more confusingly, global security.
'The subterranean domain – whether human-made tunnels, urban underground infrastructure, or...
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