IARPA in the News 2015

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

On April 2, 2013, President Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a Grand Challenge designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain. Since then, the BRAIN Initiative has grown to include five Federal agencies. The BRAIN Initiative remains a top priority for the Administration, which is why the President’s 2016 Budget proposes increasing funding for the BRAIN Initiative from about $200 million in FY 2015 to more than $300 million in FY 2016....

IARPA will focus on applying breakthroughs in neuroscience to advance understanding of cognition and computation in the brain. In addition, IARPA will test and validate non-invasive neural interventions that have the potential to significantly improve adaptive reasoning and problem solving.

Executive Gov

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity plans to enlist industry expertise to develop methods to predict dire international scenarios using signals intelligence data.

IARPA will hold a proposers’ day forum in Washington on March 5 to seek technology ideas from interested participants in the Mercury Program, the agency said Feb. 3.


What: A request from the intelligence community's research arm for ideas about how to use signals intelligence (SIGINT) data to help manage dire international situations.

Why: The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) wants to step beyond using publicly available information such as news reports and everyday communications to help deal with foreign political crises and disease outbreaks. IARPA wants to analyze a world of more subtle information generated through SIGINT.

Big Data

Anticipatory intelligence is considered to be one of the next frontiers of “big data” research, wherein myriad data streams are fused together to generate predictions of critical societal events. One of the promising themes in this space is the idea of harnessing open-source datasets to identify threats and support decision making for national security, law enforcement, and intelligence missions. Early Model Based Event Recognition using Surrogates (EMBERS) is an anticipatory intelligence system for forecasting socially significant population-level events, such as civil unrest incidents, disease outbreaks, and election outcomes, on the basis of publicly available data. EMBERS is supported by the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA) Open Source Indicators (OSI) program.


The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is planning a conference in March for researchers interested in its new Mercury Program — aimed at predicting future events by mining foreign signals intelligence — the agency said Wednesday. The program will focus on parsing classified foreign SIGINT, such as electronic communications, along with open source information, according to a notice. Details: http://1.usa.gov/1uaX3yN.