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Annie Jacobsen

The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency

Book Summary

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, was created by the U.S. Congress in 1958 to advance research in military technologies. A top secret organization, the agency has played a key role in the development of some of the biotechnological weapons, missile programs, coded communication, and surveillance technology.

Investigative journalist and book author Annie Jacobsen unveils how an agency operating in anonymity has delivered the modern computer, cell phone communication, and the Internet, in between breakthroughs such as AR-15 semiautomatic rifles. Based on 70 in-person interviews with people associated with DARPA, Jacobsen’s book offers an exciting and chilling view of the agency’s goals and achievements. 

Key Topics

  • Why did Congress create DARPA?
  • What was DARPA’s role during the Cold War and how successful was it?
  • What weapons did DARPA develop during the Vietnam War?
  • How has war on terror changed the direction of research and development at the agency?
  • Why did Congress create DARPA?
  • What was DARPA’s role during the Cold War and how successful was it?
  • What weapons did DARPA develop during the Vietnam War?
  • How has war on terror changed the direction of research and development at the agency?

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