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Anthony J. Tether ’64 The Best Defense
Anthony J. (Tony) Tether ’64.
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By Alan Moorse
Anthony J. (Tony) Tether ’64 was a reluctant presidential appointee. In early 2001, as President George W. Bush’s transition team was working to fill myriad government positions with new appointees, a member of the team asked Tether to submit his resume.

Tether, who was operating a consulting firm in Newport Beach, Calif., ignored the request. Today, relating the story from his new office, that of director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), he chuckles at his cavalier attitude.

“He called me back a week later and said ‘Where’s your resume?’ I said, ‘Oh yeah, I’ll send it,’ and again I ignored him,” he says. “He called back the third week and said, ‘Now, send in your resume today.’ Well, I did. I figured I’d better. I thought maybe I’d get a consulting job out of it or something.”

Next thing he knew he was deep in the appointment process for one of the nation’s most important high-tech leadership positions. When the job was offered, he says, “I took it, and I haven’t had any regrets.”

 

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