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Defense Advanced Research Projects AgencyThe U.S. government agency that funded the ARPANET, which was the forerunner of the Internet created during the cold war. ARPANET was designed by its founders to be a military command and control center that could withstand nuclear attack.ARPANET's founders designed it so that authority was distributed over a large number of geographically dispersed computers. This concept of a computer network with distributed authority is the basis of the Internet. Theoretically, if 90% of the Internet were destroyed by nuclear attack, the remaining servers would be able to continue on.