Pentagon Wants to Develop Electronics That Can Vaporize

By Bob Brewin

January 28, 2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded BAE Systems Advanced Technologies a $4.5 million contract last week to develop battlefield electronic systems “capable of physically disappearing in a controlled, triggerable manner.”

The DARPA Vanishing Programmable Resources program — VAPR — aims to eliminate electronics, such as sensors, that end up scattered around a battlefield and become easy pickings for an enemy.

DARPA plans to use VAPR to develop such here today, gone tomorrow “transient electronics” with a focus on sensors with RF links. Such a system might be used to sense environmental or biomedical conditions and communicate with a remote user.

This sure sounds like the ultimate in planned obsolescence. Just think what it could do to drive smartphone sales.


By Bob Brewin // Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.

January 28, 2014

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2014/01/pentagon-wants-develop-electronics-can-vaporize/77654/