Philosophical Society of Washington

Technologies of the Future

Anthony J. Tether
Director, DARPA

2222nd Meeting Abstract
Friday, April 27, 2007 at 8:15 PM


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the central research and development organization of the Department of Defense. It manages projects where the risk and payoff are both very high and where success could provide dramatic advances in military missions. This talk will provide insight into DARPA's philosophy and how it fits into the overall DoD science and technology system. Research from DARPA's past, present, and future will be discussed, with an emphasis on the future.

Tony Tether

About the Author:

Tony Tether has been serving as the Director of DARPA since June 2001. From 1996 to 2001, he was President and CEO of the Sequoia Group, which he founded. The Sequoia Group provided program management and strategy development services to government and industry. Before this, he was CEO of Dynamics Technology Inc. From 1992 to 1994, he was Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for the Advanced Technology Sector and then Vice President and General Manager for Range Systems. In the previous six years he was Vice President for Technology and Advanced Development at Ford Aerospace Corporation, which was acquired by Loral Corporation during that period.

He had previously served at DARPA from 1982 to 1986, when he was Director of the Strategic Technology Office. He was Director of the National Intelligence Office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1978 to 1982. From 1969 to 1978, he was Executive Vice President of Systems Control Inc., applying estimation and control theory to military and commercial problems.

He has served on the Army and Defense Science Boards and on the Office of National Drug Control Policy Research and Development Committee. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 1986, he was honored with both the National Intelligence Medal and the Department of Defense Civilian Meritorious Service Medal. He received his B.S.E.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1964. He received his M.S. in 1965 and his Ph.D. in 1969 in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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