What else makes DARPA tick

  • William Coblenz was a program manager for 25 years
  • DARPA was looking for someone to “run a ceramics program” - already had idea of goal
  • 1990 1/3 PMs were career civil service, 1/3 temp from universities, 1/3 military billets
    • Which had the best output?
  • Larry Lynn formalized unofficial rules to encourage temp appointments in 1995
  • A few people move up
    • Craig Fields 1974-1990
    • Jane (Xan) Alexander 1989-2002
    • Robert Leheny 1993 - 2009
    • Steven Walker 2002 - 2016+
  • DARPA disbanded Defense Science Research Council (is this different than JASON group? Yes.)
    • Formed 1968 - met for a few weeks and did studies
  • Not budget limited
  • ~1/5 of the portfolio disappears per year (how does this compare to vc?)

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