Eight-year DARPA Director Tony Tether announced his relatively unexpected resignation by email today. As his widely distributed note suggests, Tether also believed the conventional wisdom that he would remain in office until his successor arrived.
It appears that Tether doesn’t appreciate how he was informed. Here’s the email:
Subject: The Time to Go has Been Settled.
As you know, I had said that I was asked to stay on at DARPA until replaced.
It turns out that that was not the case.
I was informed last week that the Administration had decided that I was to leave now with February 20th as a two week notice.
So it’s over.
But it has been a good ride and we have many, perhaps thousands, of technology developments most of which are yet to come, but also many which are out being used saving our Soldiers lives yet making them far more effective than the adversaries they face.
I want you to know that I am proud of all of you, current and past, and will never forget what you have done.
Once I know what I am doing, I will let you know.
God bless all of you, and most of all, God Bless America.