Rumsfeld names new DARPA director

Rumsfeld names new DARPA director

By Vanessa Jo Roberts

GCN Staff


JUNE 19'The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a new chief, Anthony J. Tether.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday announced Tether's appointment. As chief of the Defense Department's R&D arm, Tether will oversee a wide range of projects to develop innovative military technologies that have the potential for high payoff.

This will be Tether's second tour of duty at Defense. Between 1978 and 1982, he was the director of national intelligence in the Office of Secretary of Defense. He followed up that post with a four-year stint as DARPA's director of strategic technology.

Most recently, he was chief executive officer and president of the Sequoia Group, a consulting practice in Corona Del Mar, Calif., that he founded in 1996. He has also held several technology development posts in industry, including jobs at Ford Aerospace Corp. and Science Applications International Inc. of San Diego.

During his years in industry, he kept one foot in the federal arena, serving on the Army Science and Defense Science boards and on the National Drug Control Policy Office's R&D Committee.

A recipient of both the National Intelligence Medal and DOD Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, Tether has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's in the same subject from Stanford University.

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