Department of Defense DIRECTIVE NUMBER 5134.10

SUBJECT:  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) References:  See Enclosure 1

1.  PURPOSE.  Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of Defense by Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.) (Reference (a)), this directive reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 5134.10 (Reference (b)) to update the mission, organization and management, responsibilities and functions, relationships, authorities, and administration of DARPA.

2. APPLICABILITY.  This directive applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD (referred to collectively in this directive as the “DoD Components”).

3.  MISSION.  DARPA serves as the research and development (R&D) organization in DoD with a primary responsibility of maintaining U.S. technological superiority over our adversaries.

4.  ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT.  DARPA is a Defense Agency, in accordance with sections 191 and 192 of Reference (a), under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)), through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)), consistent with DoDD 5134.01 (Reference (c)) and DoDD 5134.3 (Reference (d)). DARPA consists of a Director and subordinate organizational elements established by the Director within resources assigned by the Secretary of Defense.

a.  Organizes, directs, and manages DARPA and all assigned resources in accordance with this directive.

b.  Pursues imaginative and innovative R&D projects with the potential for significant impact on future national security, looking beyond today’s known needs and requirements.

c.  Sponsors revolutionary, high-risk, high-payoff research that bridges the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use.

d.  Pursues innovative business strategies to reduce the time and cost and increase the impact of DARPA’s R&D programs.  These strategies also address ways to speed the transition of successful R&D programs to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies and include innovative personnel hiring and rotation practices to ensure a continuing influx of talented people and ideas.

e.  Provides guidance and assistance, as appropriate, to the other DoD Components about projects DARPA initiates or assigns.

f.  Recommends to the Secretary of Defense, through the ASD(R&E) and the USD(AT&L), the assignment of research projects to DARPA.

g.  Arranges for the execution of and supervises DARPA projects which are assigned to the Military Departments, other U.S. Government activities, individuals, private business entities, educational institutions, or research institutions, giving consideration to the primary functions of the Military Departments.

h.  Engages in advanced research projects and determines technology investment priorities, considering military needs and national security priorities, and considering the industrial or commercial base necessary to meet the needs.

i.  Imagines and projects what capabilities a military commander might want in the future and accelerates the development of those capabilities through technology demonstrations.  Conducts demonstration projects that embody technology appropriate for joint programs, programs in support of deployed forces, or selected programs of the Military Departments. On request, assists the Military Departments in their prototyping programs.

j.  Keeps the ASD(R&E) and the other DoD Components informed, as appropriate, on significant new developments, breakthroughs, and technological advances within assigned projects and on the status of such projects to facilitate early operational assignment.

k.  Prepares and submits to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, Department of Defense (USD(C)/CFO), in accordance with established procedures, DARPA’s annual program budget estimates, including the assignment of appropriation program priorities.

l.  Consistent with the requirements of the Secretary of Defense Biennial Review of Defense

Agencies and DoD Field Activities, designs and manages DARPA programs and activities to:
(1)  Improve standards of performance, economy, and efficiency.

(2)  Demonstrate DARPA’s attention to the needs of its organizational customers.

m.  Performs such other duties as may be assigned by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the USD(AT&L), or the ASD(R&E).

a.  In the performance of assigned responsibilities and functions, the Director, DARPA:
(1)  Reports directly to the ASD(R&E).

(2)  Uses existing systems, facilities, and services of the DoD and other federal agencies, when possible, to avoid duplication and to achieve maximum efficiency and economy.

(3)  Coordinates and exchanges information with the other DoD Component heads and the OSD Principal Staff Assistants (PSAs) who have collateral or related responsibilities and functions.

b.  The other DoD Component heads and the OSD PSAs coordinate with the Director, DARPA, on all matters under their purview related to the authorities, responsibilities, and functions assigned to the Director, DARPA.

c.  The Secretaries of the Military Departments and the other DoD Component heads:
(1)  Provide assistance and support, in their respective fields of responsibility and within available resources, to the Director, DARPA, as arranged and agreed upon to carry out the responsibilities and functions assigned to DARPA.

(2)  Direct subordinate elements to follow the procedures established pursuant to paragraph 7c above the signature line.

7.  AUTHORITIES.  The Director, DARPA, is hereby delegated authority to:
a.  Place funded work orders with organizations of the Military Departments, other DoD Components, or other organizations of the Federal Government.

b.  Authorize the allocation, as appropriate, of funds made available to DARPA for assigned advanced projects.

c.  Establish for DARPA, the Military Departments, and other DoD R&D activities, procedures required in connection with work being performed for DARPA, consistent with policies and instructions governing the DoD.

d.  Serve as head of an agency and contracting activity within the meaning and limitations of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Subpart 2.1 and Defense FAR Supplement, Subpart 202.101 (Reference (e)).

e.  Acquire or construct, directly or through a Military Department or other U.S. Government agency, such research, development, and test facilities and equipment required to carry out assignments that may be approved by the Secretary of Defense in accordance with applicable statutes and DoD directives.

f.  Obtain reports and information, in accordance with DoD Instruction (DoDI) 8910.01 (Reference (f)), as necessary, to carry out assigned responsibilities and functions.

g.  Communicate directly with the other DoD Component heads, as necessary, to carry out assigned responsibilities and functions, including requests for advice and assistance.  Communications to the Military Departments must be transmitted through the Secretaries of the Military Departments, or as otherwise provided in law or directed by the Secretary of Defense in other DoD issuances.  Communications to the Combatant Commanders must be in accordance with paragraph 4b(3) above the signature line of DoDD 5100.01 (Reference (g)).

h.  Communicate with other government officials, members of the public, representatives of foreign governments, foreign research activities, and non-DoD R&D activities, as appropriate, to carry out assigned responsibilities and functions. Communications with representatives of the Legislative Branch must be conducted through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs or the USD(C)/CFO, as appropriate, and be consistent with the DoD Legislative Program.

i.  Exercise the authority of the director of a defense laboratory, pursuant to section 3710a of Title 15, U.S.C. (Reference (h)), and of the head of an agency, pursuant to chapter 137 of Reference (a).

j.  Enter into and administer grants, cooperative agreements, and other authorized transactions with any agency, university, nonprofit corporation, or other organization to perform or support DARPA mission-related work. Establish procedures for DARPA to administer all authorities and responsibilities specified in sections 2358, 2371, and 2373 of Reference (a).

k.  Exercise the administrative authorities contained in Enclosure 2 of this directive.

a.  The Secretary of Defense selects a civilian Director, DARPA, based on recommendations by the USD(AT&L) and the ASD(R&E).

b.  The Secretaries of the Military Departments recommend assignment of military personnel to DARPA in accordance with approved authorizations and established procedures for assignment to joint duty, and assign upon DARPA acceptance.

c.  The other DoD Component heads who receive funds from DARPA support the DARPA accounting and finance operation by ensuring accuracy, completeness, and timeliness in recording financial transactions in the appropriate finance and accounting systems.  The respective DoD Component heads also establish appropriate internal controls to ensure the integrity of the DARPA financial information and compliance with DoD 7000.14-R (Reference (i)).

d.  Administrative support for DARPA may be provided by the other DoD Components through support and interservice agreements in accordance with DoDI 4000.19 (Reference (j)).

9.  RELEASABILITY.  Unlimited.  This directive is approved for public release and is available on the Internet from the DoD Issuances Website at

10.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This directive:
a.  Is effective May 7, 2013.

b.  Must be reissued, cancelled, or certified current within 5 years of its publication in accordance with DoDI 5025.01 (Reference (k)).  If not it will expire effective May 7, 2023 and be removed from the DoD Issuances Website.


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