Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

(DARPA), U.S. government agency administered by the Department of Defense (see Defense, United States Department ofDefense, United States Department of,
executive department of the federal government charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and military affairs.
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). It was established in 1958, in reaction to the previous year's successful launch of Sputnik by the USSR, as the Advanced Research Projects Agency. Although DARPA is only one of many military agencies administering research and development funds, it has been crucial to the development of several important technologies, including stealth aircraft, armed drones, biofeedback systems, and especially military computers and the InternetInternet, the,
international computer network linking together thousands of individual networks at military and government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, industrial and financial corporations of all sizes, and commercial enterprises (called gateways
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. DARPA funds a high percentage of all artificial intelligenceartificial intelligence
(AI), the use of computers to model the behavioral aspects of human reasoning and learning. Research in AI is concentrated in some half-dozen areas.
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 research in the United States, as well as significant projects in microelectronics, materials, behavioral science, and biotechnology. Among its more recent projects have been the development of robot cars and of computer-controlled surgical procedures.


See M. Belfiore, The Department of Mad Scientists (2009); S. Weinberger, The Imagineers of War (2017).

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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

(DARPA, ARPA) An agency of the US Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military. DARPA was established in 1958 in response to the Soviet launching of Sputnik, with the mission of keeping the US's military technology ahead of its enemies. DARPA is independent from other more conventional military R&D and reports directly to senior DoD management. DARPA has around 240 personnel (about 140 technical) directly managing a $2 billion budget. These figures are "on average" since DARPA focusses on short (two to four-year) projects run by small, purpose-built teams.

ARPA was its original name, then it was renamed DARPA (for Defense) in 1972, then back to ARPA and then, incredibly, back to DARPA again on 1996-03-11!

ARPA was responsible for funding development of ARPANET (which grew into the Internet), as well as the Berkeley version of Unix and TCP/IP.

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Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector, in co-operation with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) and Nasa, recently demonstrated the flight of a fighter with a fuselage design that reduces the impact of sonic booms.
Carnegie Mellon's CERT/CC was formed in November 1988 within the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) after an Internet worm brought 10 percent of Internet-connected systems to a halt.
As part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Quantum Information Science and Technology program, NIST researchers have designed and built a prototype single photon detection system that has demonstrated the ability to count the number of photons in a short pulse of light with no dark counts.
The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency will pattern its broad agency announcements after those issue by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The agency would announce its interest in certain technologies, then invite qualified contractors to request a classified solicitation, Jane Alexander, HSARPA's deputy director, told the newspaper,

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