Sharon Weinberger - The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of Darpa, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World
Weinberger’s third book is a comprehensive history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Better known as DARPA, the Pentagon agency was founded in 1958 in response to the perceived threat of Sputnik and was charged with the mission of designing innovative technological solutions to the challenges facing the U.S. military. Weinberger, national security editor at The Intercept, author of Imaginary Weapons, and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center, has conducted extensive archival research and interviews with DARPA and Pentagon officials. Her book recounts both DARPA’s successes, which include the Internet, self-driving cars, and the Vietnam era’s armed drones, and its failures, such as the plan to drain the Great Lakes to fuel a missile-seeking particle beam.