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

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

by Annie Jacobsen

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good historic review of a poorly known agency.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The subtitle of the book declares that it is “An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top Secret Military Research Agency.” But how could Jacobsen write a history of this organization when its key operations are classified, if not deeply clandestine? What she’s actually written is a narrative of the evolution of warfare from the beginning of the Cold War to the present, focusing on the science and technology which the US military developed in hopes of achieving an advantage over the enemy – whether that enemy was Russians, the Vietcong, or Iraqi insurgents. For the most part, that science and technology have been “hard,” but DARPA has dabbled in biology, medicine, sociology, psychology, and anthropology as well. DARPA appears in the narrative from time to time, but it's hard to ascertain, from the limited evidence Jacobsen can provide, just how much the agency drove military decisions and how much it contributed to the outcome of various military operations. Because Jacobsen is a journalist aiming for a sensational – even alarming – expose, she doesn't acknowledge as often as she should how much this same science and technology has benefited civilians. Were it not for the US military's interest in global positioning systems, electronic sensors, networked computers, and a host of other things which are now part of our daily lives, we'd still live much as Americans did in the 1920s. So, in short, one must read this book critically. But it's worth reading!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating, page-turning, mind-blower. Intermittently amazed and terrified. Who knew so much of all the technology we Americans enjoy today was born of military science and warfare? With bristling insight, the author tells the story of the DARPA scientists who create and destroy. Thought provoking.