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DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)

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In 1972, ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) became DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). DARPA is an extension of the Department of Defense assigned to fund basic research. DARPA funded most of the basic research for the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) protocol suite and the Internet in the early 1970s. In fact, some of the original work took place at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as far back as 1965 under a subcontract MIT had with ARPA.

Some early DARPA boards and committees became what are today known as the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) and the IRTF (Internet Research Task Force). Refer to "Internet Organizations and Committees" for more information. Also see "Internet." For a historical account of how routing technologies developed on the Internet, see "Routing on the Internet."

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