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As an Air Force Fellow, I have been privileged to spend a year working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Before DARPA, I spent 12 years as an officer and pilot of fighter and reconnaissance aircraft. It has been an eye-opening experience to join a team of professionals whose charter is to serve our nation by developing state-of-the-art technology to prevent strategic surprise and enable future capabilities for the Department of Defense (DoD). Though I will leave DARPA with countless tales of the dedicated people who work tirelessly to bring innovative concepts to life, I will also take with me a deeper appreciation for the creative problem-solving processes that cultivate the revolutionary ideas, technologies and programs that are the agency’s lifeblood.