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ARPA: a visible means of support

The Advanced Research Projects Agency has probably done more to lift computer science from other disciplines and to put it on its own feet than any organization inside or outside of government. Even today, when support of computing is spread throughout the government, ARPA is practically alone in its belief that computing deserves to be a separate discipline. Ironically, the computer profession knows little about this friendly benefactor.

Changes in government procurement policies

Several years ago there was an attempt in Washington to place the selection of government computers in a central, highly placed office. Individual government agencies, led by the Department of Defense, successfully beat back this attempt. Today, two years later, it looks as though other forms of centralization are being worked into the government fabric at lower levels, one in the Department of Defense, another in the General Services Administration.

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