Putin Seeks to Create Russian DARPA Equivalent

Russia's legislature this week received a draft law from President Vladimir Putin to create an organization similar to the U.S. Defense Department's elite scientific research arm, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday (see GSN, June 19).

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin suggested the proposed Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects would underwrite cutting-edge efforts and "take on all high-risk and fundamental research projects in the military-industrial complex.”

Top officials would receive recommendations from the organization on possible initiatives to bolster Russia's armed forces capabilities.
A second objective would be to identify the nation's potential technical shortcomings and related areas of reliance on foreign governments.

Efforts by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have included development of countermeasures for attacks involving weapons of mass destruction; the agency has funded a protein-based radiation treatment, and it recently requested proposals for nanotechnology-based procedures to develop biological-weapon countermeasures in a matter of days (see GSN, Nov. 22, 2011).

In addition, the Pentagon organization has pursued development of multiple potential components for a planned U.S. capability to conduct a conventional strike on any location in the world within an hour (see GSN, May 8; RIA Novosti, June 21).

June 21, 2012
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Russia's legislature this week received a draft law from President Vladimir Putin to create an organization similar to the U.S. Defense Department's elite scientific research arm, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday.

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