DARPA doesn’t do any research in house

Some subtle advantages of externalizing research:

Of course there are also disadvantages:

It’s easy to conflate Publishing feels more like hardware development than software development with Bell Labs didn’t have a unique model, Lockheed Skunkworks, or Xerox PARC but they’re fundamentally different because R&D orgs lie on a spectrum between externalized and internalized execution and benefits and DARPA is all the way on the externalized end, while those other orgs are much closer to the internalized end. It’s easy to set out to build a DARPA but end up building a Skunkworks

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