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This report responds to concerns of Senators Grassley, Nelson, and Hagel and discusses whether development of the DARPA TIA program included safeguards to ensure the technology was properly managed and controlled in an operational environment. Section 8131 of the National Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Public Law 108-87, September 30, 2003) eliminated funding for the majority of the TIA program components.
A review of the TIA program to include the developmental contracts showed that although the TIA technology could prove valuable in combating terrorism, DARPA could have better addressed the sensitivity of the technology to minimize the possibility of any Governmental abuse of power and could have assisted in the successful transition of the technology into the operational environment. As a result, DoD risks spending funds to develop systems that may be neither deployable nor used to their fullest potential without costly revisions and retrofits.