IARPA in the News 2014


A novel ultrafast photon switch could pave the way to a new class of sensitive receivers, faster sensors and optical-processing devices.

A team from the University of California, San Diego, created the 500-GHz photon switch, which they have already used to control photons in optical fiber channels.

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Experts from the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington will brief industry on the breadth and depth of IARPA's research initiatives on 29 and 30 Oct. 2014 in the College Park, Md., area.


The ODNI/the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is proud to announce that Acquisition Officer Dan Clemons is a recipient of the 2014 Nextgov Bold Award, the media group’s highest honor.

Now in their second year, the Bold Awards recognize innovators and leaders who creatively tackle technical problems across the government. This year, nearly 100 teams and individuals were nominated for the award, which was presented at the Nextgov Prime conference on 8 September.

Dan, who has worked at IARPA since May 2009, was nominated for his work designing, implementing and maintaining the IARPA Distribution and Evaluation System (IDEAS). IDEAS is a highly secure, web-based software tool which enables online submission and evaluation of unclassified proposals submitted in response to IARPA’s research solicitations, rather than via mail in hard copy.

“Prior to IDEAS,” Dan says, “we used the typical paper proposal process to evaluate proposals. It was manpower intensive—we made a lot of copies—and required us to bring all our evaluators into our building for manual review at the same time.” He also noted that the traditional mailing process disadvantaged submitters located across the globe who would have to factor in mailing time to meet the deadline.

With IDEAS, however, submitters can simply upload their responses on the website, editing and changing their proposals even minutes before the deadline. Reviewers can evaluate the responses electronically at their convenience, minimizing the need to travel away from their workspaces. “We’ve made the entire process more efficient and effective,” says Dan. “And there are no more paper copies, which helps IARPA to comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act.”

Work like Dan’s and the Bold Awards prove that “innovation in government isn’t an oxymoron, but a concept that’s alive and well,” said Nextgov Executive Editor Camille Tuutti. “We’re excited to see what’s next.”


...It’s clear the Internet of Things has great promise.

But this convergence of the physical and virtual worlds also presents dangers....

...[A]ccording to Chris Reed, program manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. “Some of that data is going to be of poor quality, and if we don’t treat that data appropriately, we can make dangerous decisions based on that data,” he cautioned.


The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity will be hosting its first IARPA Day on Oct. 29-30 in the College Park, Md., area.