If Darpa had held a Demo Day in the Pentagon courtyard at any time from the 1970s to the 1990s, there would have been a big focus on advanced platforms, whether stealth demonstrators, unmanned aircraft or X-planes. Fast forward to Darpa Demo Day on May 11, 2016. There were still platform models in the marquees lining the rain-washed courtyard, with the LightningStrike distributed hybrid-electric VTOL X-Plane and Sea Hunter unmanned anti-submarine vessel attracting attention. But ...

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