IARPA in the News

NIST

Fingerprint capture technology has advanced to the point where high-quality rolled prints soon might be obtained without the manual assistance of a trained device operator, according to a new report issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). These advancements could help law enforcement collect information-rich prints more rapidly and economically. ... The document, NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 8210, Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge: Prize Analysis, details the methods used in a recent IARPA-sponsored challenge, whose overall goal was to improve fingerprint capture technology.

FCW

The federal government is searching for technology to detect shellfish, seaweed or other aquatic organisms coming to U.S. ports via ballast on foreign vessels or stuck to hulls of ships. ... The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency said in an April 23 request for information that more needs to be done for early detection of aquatic invasive species.

 

MeriTalk

Users have the reputation of being the weakest link in cybersecurity, because of their potential to undo the most fortified cyber setup with an exposed password or absent-minded click in a phishing email. ... The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity–IARPA–recently launched a program called Virtuous User Environment, or VirtUE, to protect users against cloud-based security vulnerabilities by tapping into practices that can be shared via the cloud.

 

Disruptor Daily

A series of recent attacks in the recent news cycle has served as high-profile reminders of the danger that weaponized chemicals pose to their intended targets.... We still aren’t at a stage where the safe identification of hazardous chemical agents is a guarantee – far from it. But U.S. intelligence agencies, and likely other intelligence agencies spanning the globe have been seeking a solution...

 

IEEE Spectrum

Sergei Skripal...and his daughter, Yulia, weren’t the only people affected by a nerve-agent attack in Salisbury, England, in March....A swarm of hazmat-suited chemical warfare experts inspected every place the Skripals had been recently in the hope of finding out what happened and whether there was still a danger to the public. U.S. intelligence agencies have been on the hunt for a technology that would make such investigations faster and safer and perhaps even prevent this kind of attack altogether.

 

Signal

Researchers working on behalf of the U.S. intelligence community are kicking off a program designed to develop a revolutionary capability for monitoring objects in geostationary orbit, including functioning satellites and hundreds of thousands of bits of space debris ... “When near space was largely populated by the relatively limited assets of the United States and the former Soviet Union, the potential for unexpected space events was fairly low,” points out Merrick DeWitt, program manager for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Amon-Hen program.

 

Nextgov

In the future, human cops will still be the ones arresting you, searching you and booking you, but machines might be taking your fingerprints. The Intelligence Community’s long-range research group is looking to develop biometric technology that can automatically collect fingerprints from hands and surfaces without the need for a human operator. On Monday, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity announced the winners of the Nail-to-Nail Fingerprint Challenge, a research competition aimed at building a tool that can equal or outperform trained professionals at gathering prints.