DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar told a capacity audience on opening day of SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing in Baltimore: "If we do our job, and you work with us, all of us get to be part of creating a whole new generation of technology for national security."
Prabhakar's symposium plenary talk on Monday wrapped up the first day of the annual event, which runs through Friday at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Around 5,500 registered attendees are expected for technical conferences, educational short courses, and a three-day free exhibition and job fair that began on Tuesday.
In her talk, Prabhakar illustrated what she termed the "virtuous cycle (of) defense needs and commercial opportunity" with numerous examples. Many featured the important role photonics play in current applications such as night vision, smart prostheses, and cyber security.
Her talk underscored reports heard in the conference rooms throughout the day.
Pictured above are (from left): Symposium Chair Ken Israel; Prabhakar; Cochair David Whelan; and SPIE President-Elect Philip Stahl.