The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a U.S. government agency that created the network that evolved into the internet, announced it needed an underground lair within a day’s notice.
DARPA’s need of an underground lair follows their characteristic mysteriousness. They are known for their famous projects, including neural implants for U.S. soldiers. They announced their need for an underground lair through the government’s favorite medium: Twitter.
“Attention, city dwellers! We’re interested in identifying university-owned or commercially managed underground urban tunnels & facilities able to host research & experimentation,” they tweeted, adding, “It’s short notice, we’re asking for responses by Aug. 30 at 5:00 PM ET.”
Attention, city dwellers! We're interested in identifying university-owned or commercially managed underground urban tunnels & facilities able to host research & experimentation. https://t.co/tHZ1Tqy5nV
It's short notice… We're asking for responses by Aug. 30 at 5:00 PM ET. pic.twitter.com/TSWO07bJam
— DARPA (@DARPA) August 28, 2019
This may seem extremely odd, probably because it is, but Jared Adams, DARPA’s chief of communication, told Fox News in an email:
“Per the announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the RFI is intended solely for information and planning purposes, and does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals. Complex urban underground infrastructure can present significant challenges for situational awareness in time-sensitive scenarios, such as active combat operations or disaster response.”
Nope, nothing strange going on here (yeah right). Just good ole DARPA doing their spooky, secretive things that they do. I mean, what could possibly go wrong, right???