IARPA in the News

IEEE Sepctrum

Got a concept for cutting-edge spy tech? Jason Matheny, who was named director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in August, wants your great ideas.

New York Times

A little after midnight, while writing this review, I took a break to get some beer from my local supermarket. As I stood in line the lights suddenly dimmed throughout the store....But unlike “Mindware,” most of the material in “Superforecasting” is new, and includes a compendium of best practices for prediction. The book describes the findings of the Good Judgment Project, an effort started by Tetlock and his collaborator (and wife), Barbara Mellers, in 2011, which was funded by an arm of the American intelligence community.


Executive Gov

Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, has said IARPA is exploring the potential use of machine learning tools and publicly available data to predict cyber attacks before they happen, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Harvard Business Review

Researchers in recent years have exhaustively catalogued and chronicled the biases that affect our decisions. We all know the havoc that biased decisions can wreak....We ran two experiments. In the first experiment, involving 243 adult participants, one group watched a 30-minute video, “Unbiasing Your Biases,” commissioned by the program sponsor, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a U.S. research agency under the Director of National Intelligence.

Federal News Radio

Tornadoes have warnings; the flu season gets a prediction; even government unrest can be spotted before tempers flare — so why can’t cyber attacks be spotted before they strike?...Researchers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) are working to change that why to a when, according to its director Jason Matheny.

Fed News Radio

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to build an early warning system for cyber attacks. Previous IARPA research showed publicly available data sources can be used to accurately predict events like disease outbreaks and political crises. Now with its Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment, or CAUSE, program, the agency wants to apply that model to detecting cyber attacks.


It’s difficult, but not impossible, to predict the future. In Superforecasting, Philip Tetlock profiles a small group of people who were able to successfully predict geopolitical events. More on this in a minute....And now for the backstory. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) identifies and supports “high-risk, high-payoff” research.