posted on May, 27 2004 @ 07:35 PM
DARPA also had a fair amount to do with military research funding shifting from organizational based to STO based (objective-based). This allows
funding to shift to researchers in private industry or other goverment labs, if they can do the work of the orginal lab faster, better, cheaper. In
reality, it has little effect on home institutes getting money for their mission-oriented STOs, but it keeps a sense of urgency amoung the researchers
that they must produce something.
DARPA acellerates research that needs to be done in a hurry (by government standards anyway). While they are envolved with some classified projects,
the most classifed work often does not envolve DARPA, as they are an additional layer of people that often don't need to know about institute-driven
classified research. Now, top-driven classified research might be more likely to be pushed through DARPA.