IARPA in the News

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announces today the Fusion of Face Recognition Algorithms—“FOFRA”—prize challenge, in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology.



In this new climate of uncertainty about global politics, the office of the Director of National Intelligence has issued a blunt challenge: Can you do better? Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity in March launched the Geopolitical Forecasting Challenge.



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.


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.



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.