After AT&T invented modem in 1960 to transmit digital data over its nation-wide / global phone network, when Licklider laid out the plan/idea for a "universal computer network" in 1962, he was an employee at the BBN Technology, a private sector research firm. The APARNET did not come live until late 1969.
ARPA/DARPA, as its mission statement suggested, is a coordinating organization meant to be small (with only a little over 100 individuals) and nimble, able to spot new technology trends in the private sector . . . allocating its war chest, so that the US military can be the first one in the world to get a handle on whatever was coming. It's not a research or development organization per se. Almost all actual R&D are carried by outside firms, usually doing what they are already doing before being spotted by ARPA/DARPA. This is not meant to belittle their work in ensuring US military advantage, but saying that ARPA/DARPA invented modern wide area computer networking is indeed a little like some congressional lawmakers laying claim to founding the internet.
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