US Cyber Command, DARPA ink cyberwar R&D pact

Out of the valley of death and into operational use, ideally

Interview An agreement between US Cyber Command and DARPA aims to move innovative technologies out of the "valley of death" and into the hands of warfighters.

The valley of death refers to the "painful and challenging" place where the Department of Defense's pilot technologies go to die unless they can move from the R&D phase into operational use by the military, according to Tejas Patel, DARPA's Constellation program manager.

Constellation is a new program that will bridge this valley of death and create a long-term framework for moving cyber capabilities into operational use, he told The Register.

For Government Tech Week, we sat down with Patel to discuss the new program, and how the Pentagon plans to use AI-based cybersecurity tools to help prepare for, and ultimately fight, cyberwars. ®

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