The Newsletter for Research Professionals January 2012
The range of opportunity in military research will come as a startling surprise to the uninitiated. While we usually think only of chemical engineering, weaponry and biochemical warfare in reference to military research the reality is that military research encompasses everything from history to DNA to stem cell research. Sometimes government funded or military research will begin with a particular goal in mind only to become research in other, sometimes completely unexpected areas.
An often cited example of scientific innovation developed unexpectedly and unintentionally was NASA's goal to put a man on the moon which inspired them to develop better sound recording and reading technologies. NASA's research was furthered by the music industry which used it to develop audio cassettes. Audio cassettes, being smaller and able to store more music, quickly dominated the music industry and increased the availability of music.
Consequently NASA’s space research surprisingly changed the music industry and there are many examples of this happening across a range of areas including microwave ovens, sonography and even some food additives and flavorings.
In light of threats to US security in recent years military research funding has enjoyed significant funding increases and the development of DARPA. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) was established in 1958 to prevent strategic surprise from negatively impacting US national security and create strategic surprise for American adversaries by maintaining the technological superiority of the United States. military.
To fulfill its mission, DARPA relies on diverse research platforms to enhance multi-disciplinary approaches to advance knowledge through basic research and to create innovative technologies which address current practical problems through applied research. DARPA’s scientific investigations span the gamut from laboratory efforts to the creation of full-scale technology demonstrations in the fields of biology, medicine, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, material sciences, social sciences, neurosciences and more. As the Department of Defense primary innovation engine, DARPA undertakes projects that are finite in duration but that create lasting and often revolutionary change.
Government & Military research
There is perhaps no better time than an election year to consider the varieties and opportunities of jobs in fields of research in government and military. These are years when promises are made and future research focus is established.
One area of research that consistently crosses over between government and military to receive financial and ideological backing is weapons research. While ResearchNetwork do not currently have any of these jobs available we do facilitate multiple research job postings in government and military departments every month.
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