What Is ARPA? And Why Does Dominic Cummings Want His Own ARPA In The UK?

ARPA what is it and why does Dominic Cummings want one in the UK
Madeleine Gabriel, Nesta The Dream Machine, The Imagineers of War, The Pentagon’s Brain…

Perhaps not phrases you’d normally associate with a research funding agency. But these are all titles of books about the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) – an American funding body with almost mythical status in some quarters.

US President Dwight D Eisenhower set up ARPA in 1958. It was a response to the Soviet Union’s launch of the first Sputnik satellite, which had caught the US by surprise. ARPA’s mission was to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security.

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