IARPA in the News

Nature

It was a great way to mix science with gambling, says Anna Dreber. The year was 2012, and an international group of psychologists had just launched the ‘Reproducibility Project’ — an effort to repeat dozens of psychology experiments to see which held up1....Eventually known as SciCast, the project included a website where participants could wager on questions such as, “Will there be a lab-confirmed case of the coronavirus Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS or MERS-COV) identified in the United States by 1 June 2014?”.

FCW

Imagine being able to accurately forecast pandemics, cyberattacks and geopolitical breakdowns before they occur by aggregating data and discerning historical trends. That’s exactly what the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is trying to do -- and the agency is getting better at doing.

BAE Systems Newsroom

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has selected BAE Systems to develop technology that will help the U.S. military and intelligence agencies forecast and detect cyber-attacks significantly earlier than existing methods allow. The approximate lifetime value of the contract is $11.4 million.

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

President Barack Obama’s administration said today it plans to spend a total $86 million on a pair of initiatives designed to advance two research programs he has championed during his term in office....The administration says active research programs related to BRAIN are being carried out by five federal agencies: the NIH, the FDA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation, and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.

Whitehouse.gov

Under President Obama’s leadership, America continues to be the world’s most innovative country, with the greatest potential...Since its launch in April 2013, the President’s BRAIN Initiative has catalyzed $1.5 billion in public and private funds, with more than 125 academic papers published tied to the effort and active research programs in five Federal agencies: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the NIH, the National Science Foundation, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, and the Food and Drug Administration.

The Next Platform

If there is any organization on the planet that has had a closer view of the coming demise of Moore’s Law, it is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)....Among the many agencies downwind of the most recent presidential green light, the National Strategic Computing Initiative, is IAPRA, which Track says is doing some of the most bleeding edge, practical work to push new silicon alternatives from concept to reality.

Bloomberg

The U.S. government is working on initial efforts to gain insight into global social and political trends. A program under the intelligence community’s research arm called Mercury seeks to develop methods for continuous and automated analysis of intercepted electronic communications "in order to anticipate and/or detect political crises, disease outbreaks, terrorist activity and military actions," said Charles Carithers, spokesman for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.