Competition for the scarce Craft Attention Spectrum (CrASp) is increasing, driven by a growing military and civilian demand for weaponized craft devices in times of global insecurity and crisis. As the spectrum becomes more congested, with more hand-crafted goods at the markets, the US and our allies will need better tools for managing the craft environment and for avoiding interference from other applied arts while competing at the global soft arms market. In the interest of global stability, there is an urgent need to innovate and securitize more of the crafts to protect the peace and lives of US citizens.
Over the last months, CARPA has funded a series of new advances into the development of soft weaponized crafts, recruiting exceptional artisans for high security development. This strategic move represents a major step forward and will help ensure the uninterrupted operation of US soft spectrum-dependent military capabilities. With the development of new securitized crafts and tools, CARPA will advance US interests into contested craft environments. Through CARPA’s ongoing partnership with various crafts institutions, as well as local artisans and manufacturers, new systems will be developed to better operate in the congested indy-craft spectrum.
Barry Clayassault, an organizer in the Pacific Northwest, has praised the new advance into securitizing crafts. “Craft is a verb, which combined with innovative techniques of soft domination and advanced fabrication will help us create world-class craft domination,” Clayassault said. “And we are already seeing exciting results within social practice, relational aesthetics and ‘alter-modern’ operations that closely match the developments in psy-ops, cyberwar and counterinsurgency. To use a craft expression; We’re gonna hammer em’”