Dr. Anthony J. Tether is a former Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), having served the agency from 2001 to his retirement in 2009. He was responsible for the management of the agency’s projects for high-payoff, innovative research and development.
He is on several advisory and corporate boards and is a Distinguished Fellow with the Council on Competitiveness located in Washington, D.C.
In 2009, Dr. Tether re-formed The Sequoia Group (TSG), which he founded in 1996 to serve government and industrial clients.
From 1996 to 2001, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer and President of the group. From 1994 to 1996, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Dynamics Technology Inc. From 1992 to 1994, he was Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Advanced Technology Sector, and then Vice President and General Manager for Range Systems at SAIC. Prior to this, he spent six years as Vice President for Technology and Advanced Development at Ford Aerospace Corp., acquired by Loral Corporation during that period.
He has also held positions in the U.S. Department of Defense, serving as Director of DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office from 1982 to 1986, and as Director National Intelligence in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1978 to 1982. He served as Vice President of Systems Control Inc., a company he helped start after receiving his Ph. D., where he applied stochastic estimation and control theory to military and commercial problems with concentration on the development of algorithms to perform real-time resource allocation and control.
Dr. Tether has served on Army, Navy and Defense Science Boards, and on the Office of National Drug Control Policy Research and Development Committee. He is a Life Fellow for leadership in the advancement of commercial and defense technologies at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is listed in several Who’s Who publications.
In 1986, the Director Central Intelligence Bill Casey honored him with the National Intelligence Medal and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger with the Department of Defense Civilian Meritorious Service Medal respectively. In 2009, the US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates honored him with the Department of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal. In 2013, he was honored by AIAA with the Aerospace Communications Award.
Dr. Tether received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Master of Science and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.