• History
  • Historical DARPA Bibliography

    • Success Stories in Satellite Systems, by D.K. Sachdev, published by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2009. Includes a chapter written by three DARPA program managers that covers DARPA’s space history.
    • “DARPA at 50,” Aviation Week and Space Technology, August 18/25, 2008, a series of articles by Graham Warwick and Guy Norris. Includes a timeline of major aviation and space activities over the years as well as a gallery of images of current and past DARPA programs.
    • “DARPA: 50 years of inventing the future,” by J.R. Wilson, Aerospace America, February 2008, pp. 30-43.
    • “Happy Birthday, Sputnik (Thanks for the Internet)” by Gary Anthes, Computerworld September 24, 2007.
    • Timeline “Timeline: Sputnik and Three Decades of DARPA Hegemony,”

    • DARPA’s role “DARPA's Role in IT Innovations: How a freewheeling government agency became the world's most powerful engine for advances in IT,”

    • IT Godfather “The IT Godfather Speaks: Q&A With Charles M. Herzfeld.”

    • “Energy and Climate Change Research and the ‘DARPA Model,’” testimony by Richard Van Atta to the Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives, September 21, 2006. Discusses DARPA’s business model and history as part of a discussion on whether the same model might work for climate change and energy research.
    • "Transformation and Transition: DARPA’s Role in Fostering an Emerging Revolution in Military Affairs," Volume 1 (Overall Assessment) and Volume II (Detailed Assessments), by Richard Van Atta and Michael J. Lippitz, et. al., Institute of Defense Analyses, April & November 2003.
    • DARPA Technology Transition, January 1997. Discusses the process by which DARPA technologies and concepts transition into military capabilities for U.S. forces, and highlights technologies now in use in military systems.
    • Transitioning DARPA Technology, by J. J. Richardson, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, May 2001. Discusses process and methods of technology transition.
    • DARPA Technical Accomplishments: An Historical Review of Selected DARPA Projects, Volume I, by Sidney G. Reed, Richard H. Van Atta, and Seymour J. Deitchman, Institute for Defense Analyses, February 1990. Includes case studies of specific DARPA projects over the years.
    • DARPA Technical Accomplishments: An Historical Review of Selected DARPA Projects, Volume II, by Sidney G. Reed, Richard H. Van Atta, and Seymour J. Deitchman, et. al., Institute for Defense Analyses, April 1991.

      Includes case studies of specific DARPA projects over the years.

    • DARPA Technical Accomplishments: An Overall Perspective and Assessment of the Technical Accomplishments of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, 1958-1990, Volume III, by Sidney G. Reed, Richard H. Van Atta, and Seymour J. Deitchman, Institute for Defense Analyses, July 1991.
    • Information Technology: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Transition of Advanced Information Technology Programs, DoD Office of the Inspector General, September 2002, report no. D-2002-146.
    • A History of the Information Processing Techniques Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, by Arthur L. Norberg and Judy E. O’Neill, Charles Babbage Institute, October 1992.

      Study is out of print, but same/similar information is available in Transforming Computer Technology: Information Processing for the Pentagon, 1962-1986 (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology), by Arthur Norberg, Judy O’Neill, and Kerry J. Freedman, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

    • A History of the ARPANET: The First Decade, by Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc., April 1981.
    • The Advanced Research Projects Agency, 1958-1974, by Richard J. Barber Associates Inc., December 1975.

      Covers each DARPA Director’s tenure and major developments during that tenure. Particularly useful information on the founding and very early years of the Agency. Available from National Technical Information Service, document order number AD-A154 363/6.  

    • History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense: Into the Missile Age, 1956-1960, Volume IV, by Robert J. Watson, published by the Historical Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1997.

      Covers the period of DARPA’s formation. Entire volume available from National Technical Information Service, document order number AD-A328 596/2. 

    • >Uses of DARPA Materials Sciences Technology in DoD Systems, by C. Martin Stickley, May 1996.

      Available from National Technical Information Service, document order number AD-A311 508/6. 

     

     

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