IARPA in the News


What’s the best method for determining whether or not someone is trustworthy? Given the choice, should we trust a thorough background check, a polygraph, or a simple gut-check? These questions take on special significance in an era when the trustworthiness of the media, public figures and more is increasingly fraught. And these are the questions that the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is trying to answer through a new public challenge.


Government CIO

In a near-future world of self-driving cars, delivery drones and even machine-piloted passenger planes whizzing about in a tidy, efficient metropolis, it’s not hard to imagine a scenario where one or more (or all) of the machines suddenly go haywire... The Intelligence Community’s research arm has one idea about how something like that can happen.



The most serious attack on an artificial intelligence system may not come from malware but rather from a single sticky note. ... Officials from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) are looking for a software package that could help thwart such a scenario, known as Trojan or backdoor attack, and are reaching out to industry for help.


Forensic Magazine

DNA, the fundamental building block of all life, is also the foundation of modern forensic science....one of the most futuristic new projects in DNA investigation is about how the fundamental blueprint of DNA is expressed—through proteins.


ACM News

Superconducting computers could extend Moore's Law beyond the limits of complementary metal oxide semiconductors (CMOS) by cutting power requirements 100-fold—down to kilowatts for exascale supercomputers, compared to the megawatts required today.... Marc Manheimer, Cryogenic Computing Complexity (C3) program manager for the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Project Agency (IARPA), observed that China is "not as advanced in the design or fabrication of superconducting computers" as the U.S." ...


Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announces today the launch of the “Proteos” program to research how proteins could be used for human identification and to correlate an individual with objects and locations.



PC Magazine

US national intelligence officials are looking for a few good geeks to participate in its Mercury Challenge, which is in search of machine learning tools that will ingest and analyze publicly available data and "forecast the future." Whereas DARPA at the Defense Department supports the warfighter, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence tackles challenges within the intelligence community, including critical events involving military action, non-violent civil unrest, and infectious diseases.