IARPA in the News 2020


lmost as soon as the coronavirus appeared in the news, so too did speculation that it was purposefully engineered, the result of experimentation at one of several Wuhan laboratories....On April 30, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence declared, on behalf of the 17 different organizations that make up the U.S. intelligence community, that “the Covid-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified.”



Two research programs at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, commonly known as IARPA, are now undergoing evaluation to see if they may provide solutions to help counter the growing COVID-19 pandemic...


Catherine Marsh, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, is hiring personnel to fill several new office director positions. The new personnel will help recruit program managers, develop and guide programs, and strengthen relationships with the intelligence community, enhancing the transition of technologies from researchers to users.

Federal News Network

The intelligence community is looking for what it calls tools and technologies for rapid capabilities against the pandemic. And it’s calling on industry and academia for proposals. Promising ones will get seedling awards to develop them further. Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the deputy director of research at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Dr. Catherine Cotell, for details.


USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Biometrics systems like iris scanning or fingerprint recognition are no longer fantastical concepts of a distant sci-fi future. From iPhone fingerprint authentication to facial recognition systems in airports, it’s safe to say that the future is very much right now...."As these advantages make more people and institutions want to adopt the technology, they also allure some people to find holes in the technology, sometimes just for the sake of amusement.”