It’s no secret that the United States Government undertakes a plethora of “Classified” operations and has done so for a long time. The question in many people’s minds, however, is what do they really get up to behind closed doors – beyond the Classified?
Annie Jacobsen is an investigative journalist and bestselling author who passionate about revealing the lengths government and alphabet agencies are prepared to go to in order to maintain “National Security” and solid “defense”.
With a deep interest in researching war, weapons, U.S. national security and government secrecy, her newest book, “THE PENTAGON’S BRAIN: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top Secret Military Research Agency,” delves deep into the questions that we all have about what the government is capable of.
Also the author of ”AREA 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” and “OPERATION PAPERCLIP: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America,” Annie Jacobsen is passionate about sharing the truth by avidly researching and compiling declassified government documents and interviewing ex-government personnel, and weaving them into a suspenseful narrative that reveals what’s really going on.
More about DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency):
Since its inception in 1958, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has grown to become the Defense Department’s most secret, most powerful, and most controversial military science research and development agency— “the Pentagon’s Brain.”
From Agent Orange in Vietnam to insect-sized drones in use today, from the earliest networked computers and the Internet to smart rockets and war zones under twenty-four-hour video surveillance, DARPA is responsible for innovations that have changed the course of war, national security and strategic planning at the highest levels. From DARPA’s earliest defensive advances to hundreds of ongoing programs (including ones in which War on Terror veterans with brain injuries are being used in DARPA experiments—chips are implanted in their brains to try to restore cognitive function), Jacobsen exposes both sides of the DARPA coin: the fantastic technological advances from which we all benefit, and the darker side drawn up in a race for military supremacy.
Join us as Annie Jacobsen takes us on a journey behind the scenes of the clandestine intersection of science and the American military that is DARPA.