DARPA Mission Over the years, DARPA has worked to enhance our national security by funding research and technology development that not only have improved our military capabilities but have changed the way we live. Since the very beginning, DARPA has been the place for people with innovative ideas that lead to groundbreaking discoveries. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA _46ad30a4-ad5d-11df-9c96-10167a64ea2a DARPA’s original mission, inspired by the Soviet Union beating the United States into space with Sputnik, was to prevent technological surprise. This mission has evolved over time. Today, DARPA’s mission is to prevent technological surprise for us and to create technological surprise for our adversaries. DARPA’s main tactic for executing its strategy is to constantly search worldwide for revolutionary high-payoff ideas and then sponsor projects bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and the provision of new military capabilities. _46ad32c0-ad5d-11df-9c96-10167a64ea2a DARPA’s mission is to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming our national security by sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff research bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use. _46ad336a-ad5d-11df-9c96-10167a64ea2a _46ad33ec-ad5d-11df-9c96-10167a64ea2a _46ad3464-ad5d-11df-9c96-10167a64ea2a 1db2a2ba-ad66-4aab-875f-5f5c94117179 9b488ef6-aab4-4d60-a075-695a14c3735a 2010-08-21 http://www.darpa.mil/mission.html Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.