The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA for short, has recently demonstrated an uncanny knack for capturing the attention of social media when the organisation suddenly expressed an interest in procuring a large underground facility for some sort of "testing."
The tweet, posted on 28 August, states that the agency seeks responses by 30 August (though the actual RFI was apparently published on 20 August), with a follow up message clarifying that "the ideal space would be a human-made underground environment spanning several city blocks w/ complex layout & multiple stories, including atriums, tunnels & stairwells."
The ideal space would be a human-made underground environment spanning several city blocks w/ complex layout & multiple stories, including atriums, tunnels & stairwells. Spaces— DARPA (@DARPA) 28 августа 2019 г.
that are currently closed off from pedestrians or can be temporarily used for testing are of
The message quickly elicited a wave of puzzled and amused responses from netizens, with DARPA responses indicating that the agency’s personnel appears to be well aware of how it all looks.
Please. Demogorgons are such a Department of Energy thing.— DARPA (@DARPA) 28 августа 2019 г.
Even to us.— DARPA (@DARPA) 28 августа 2019 г.
Has Twitter really become Craigslist for creepy underground experiment bunkers?— 𝔼𝕍𝔼ℝ𝕐𝕆ℕ𝔼 𝔻𝕀𝕊𝕃𝕀𝕂𝔼𝔻 𝕋ℍ𝔸𝕋 (@SonoTripped) 28 августа 2019 г.
That’s totally not suspicious...— Gaia (@YourMotherGaia) 29 августа 2019 г.
Do you have a friend or relative who would make a valuable addition to the Black Mesa team? Immediate openings are available in the areas of Materials Handling and Low-Clearance Security. pic.twitter.com/hTisLyWfGo— 💮Yerk Toader💮 (@Die_Weiss_Rose) 29 августа 2019 г.
According to Gizmodo, a DARPA representative told them via email that “complex urban underground infrastructure can present significant challenges for situational awareness in time-sensitive scenarios, such as active combat operations or disaster response.”
"DARPA is interested in exploring this domain for researchers to analyse and enhance approaches to improve situational awareness and response times in emergency scenarios," the agency spokesperson said. “Locations submitted could help the research community identify relevant sites for further field experimentation to accelerate their development of such technologies."