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The United States has been able to lead in military technology for decades with DARPA research.

DARPA and ARPA helped with the creation of
* the internet
* GPS (global positioning system)
* stealth fighters
* antimissile systems
* M16
* stealth fighters

There was research and development beyond DARPA with the Lockheed Skunkworks.

DARPA’s goal was to help prevent the USA from facing Sputnik situations. This is where the USA was surprised by Russia and other nations getting ahead with military capabilities.

There are now two problems that the USA is facing.

1. The US has massive cost overruns and delays on military projects and procurements. The F-35, new submarines and new aircraft carriers are all costing 2 to 5 times more than previous versions of those weapon systems. The US is having delayed and failed developments of new military technology. The Electromagnetic launching system in the new Ford aircraft are costing far more and having years of delays.

The US used to be able to develop and successfully implement groundbreaking military technology like the SR-71 Blackbird.

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Category: Science