Dr. Arati Prabhakar has to be lauded for leading the way US government entities evolve with the times. She had a distinguished leadership tenure at NIST and was responsible for increasing its outreach with industries in my opinion.
Regarding DARPA funding GaN research in RF and power devices, here is a link that lists companies funded:
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