DARPA and Jason Divorce in Spat Over Membership

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Science  29 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5564, pp. 2340
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5564.2340

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For 40 years, a high-prestige, low-profile group of about 40 academic scientists has quietly been advising the U.S. government on some of the most sensitive technical issues of the day. No longer. Last week the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that over the winter it had ended its sponsorship of the group, known as Jason. The decision was triggered by DARPA's attempt to add three people to Jason's elite ranks. The move, sources told Science, triggered a showdown in which neither side was willing to back down.