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DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY ARLINGTON VA
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This document describes the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencys DARPA current strategic plan, as required by Section 2352, title 10 of the United States Codes. It provides a top-level view of DARPAs activities for Congress, the research community, and various elements of the Department of Defense DoD. This strategic plan describes DARPAs mission, the strategy for realizing that mission, and the tactics by which the strategy will be achieved. DARPAs original mission, established in 1958, was to prevent technological surprise like the launch of Sputnik, which signaled that the Soviets had beaten the U.S. into space. The mission statement has evolved over time. Today, DARPAs mission is still to prevent technological surprise to the US, but also to create technological surprise for our enemies. Stealth is one example where DARPA created technological surprise. A discussion of DARPAs mission appears in section 2. DARPAs strategy for accomplishing its mission is embodied in strategic thrusts. Over time, as threats and opportunities change, DARPAs strategic thrusts evolve. Today there are eight strategic thrusts, detailed in sections 3 and 4, that are important national security research and development areas. They represent focus areas for DARPA involvement and contain the foundations for innovative joint warfighting capabilities to defeat existing and emerging national security threats. DARPA executers its strategy by sponsoring specific revolutionary, high-payoff research and development programs. Section 3 and 4 provide many examples of DARPA-sponsored efforts to pursue its strategy by bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military uses.
- Military Intelligence
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics