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Dr. Catherine Marsh, Director

Dr. Catherine Marsh became director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity in November 2019 where she is responsible for investing in high-risk/high-payoff research that has the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Marsh was the chief scientist for the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology from 2016-2019, where she was responsible for ensuring that leading edge science and technology underlies current and future mission capabilities. Before that, she served as the dean of the DS&T's George Methlie School. Her first assignment at IARPA was from 2013-2015 as the deputy director. Dr. Marsh is a renowned power-sources expert with extensive experience leading development teams both in industry and the government. Dr. Marsh joined the CIA in 2001 and served in several capacities to develop agile, flexible and innovative power solutions for the Intelligence Community. While in industry, she led the team that put lithium-ion technology on numerous platforms, including NASA's MARS Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Dr. Marsh is a Director of National Intelligence Fellow and member of the DS&T's distinguished expert cadre. She holds a bachelor's and doctorate in inorganic and analytic chemistry from Brown University.

catherine.marsh@iarpa.gov
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Ms. Cheri Benedict, Deputy Director for Operations

Ms. Cheri Benedict is IARPA’s deputy director for operations. Before joining IARPA in January 2019, Ms. Benedict was a program manager for ODNI’s Acquisition, Procurement, and Facilities directorate from 2015 to 2019 and established IC common contract-related enterprise licensing agreements with commercial IT vendors. From 2010 to 2015, Cheri served in various ODNI roles in the IC Chief Information Office. These roles included overall IC IT budget lead to the Office of Management and Budget, IC IT enterprise management, IC-wide cloud computing studies, and counterintelligence or DoD mission-focused support. Before entering federal service, she worked in various government contracting firms consulting on IT modernization issues. She also served in the U.S. Army from 1995 to 2006, with numerous assignments as a signal officer. Ms. Benedict holds a master’s degree in information and telecommunications systems from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She is a Wisconsin native and now resides in Bethesda, MD, with her husband and three children.

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Mr. Robert Rahmer, Director of Analysis Research

Mr. Robert Rahmer is IARPA’s office director for analysis research. Mr. Rahmer joined IARPA in 2014 as a program manager. He specialized in discovering and developing novel proactive and predictive methods for securing computational environments, and led the CAUSE, CORE3D, VirtUE and FUSE programs. Mr. Rahmer’s primary research focus included cybersecurity, cyber-event forecasting, cyber-actor behavior and cultural understanding, threat intelligence, threat modeling, cyber-event coding, and cyber-kinetic event detection. Prior to arriving at IARPA, Mr. Rahmer led several technical computer network operations teams that focused on reverse engineering, incident response, tactical development, and cyber threat intelligence analysis, in support of multiple government organizations. Mr. Rahmer has supported the Intelligence Community since 2003 in various roles as a contractor, providing technical expertise in cyber-security analysis, security engineering, and cyber intelligence analyst training for commercial, Department of Defense, and IC organizations. He also served in the U.S. Navy as part of its Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Mr. Rahmer holds a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He also holds several industry information security certifications, including the Certified Information System Security Professional certification.

robert.rahmer@iarpa.gov
(301) 243-2088
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