IARPA in the News

C4ISR & Networks

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is the intelligence community’s high-risk, high-payoff science lab. It’s here that researchers are testing out and evaluating futuristic technologies that can crowdsource arguments forecasting future events — including potential cyberattacks — secure manufacturing of computer parts or, notably, anticipate what traditionally could not be predicted: strategic surprise.

Popular Mechanics

A real-life Babel fish that translates any language, exaflop-speed computers, and whisper-quiet drones: They're just some of the dozens of out-there future projects under way thanks to funding from Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). It's not quite Q's secret lab for 007 gadgets, but IARPA is as close as you'll get in the U.S. intelligence world.

Mother Jones

Why would hundreds of the leading minds in the fields of national security, intelligence, and information technology want to be lectured to by former President George W. Bush, who, after all, misused intelligence to launch a war with little preparation for what would come afterward? And why would the US division of one of the world's largest software companies arrange—and perhaps pay—for Bush to address such an audience?...At the second annual summit two years ago, retired Army General Stan McChrystal, the former US commander in Afghanistan, discussed the challenge of large bureaucracies—say, the US military—adjusting to a world in which huge amounts of information move at the speed of light. (He also noted, "We didn't understand Iraq at all, and we understood Afghanistan even less.") Jason Matheny, then a program manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, spoke about a project called Open Source Indicators, in which researchers examine various data—web search queries, social media data, financial markets information—and use "machine learning approaches" to forecast a future event.


Asking for US$40 million is never easy, but Theodore Brown knew his pitch would be a particularly tough sell. As vice-chancellor for research at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the early 1980s, Brown had been tasked with soliciting...The centre continues to attract distinguished faculty members and large team grants — last year it won a research contract worth up to $12.7 million from the federal government's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity programme — even though competition for such money has increased as more universities build interdisciplinary teams.

Washington Technology

In the fourth of our series of Washington Technology Industry Days, we take deep dive into the IT priorities, opportunities and procurement culture at some of the leading funders and managers of emerging technology projects....We hosted representatives from agencies such as DARPA, IARPA and NIST, and each government executive emphasized a desire to partner effectively with contractors and highlighted opportunities for contractors to keep their eyes on in the near future.

Washington Examiner

Federal intelligence services are seeking a developer to create software that can predict cyber threats before they emerge....The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity finished a bidding procession Monday for a contractor to create what it calls CAUSE, or Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment.

The New York Times

Some neuroscientists believe it may be possible, within a century or so, for our minds to continue to function after death — in a computer or some other kind of simulation. Others say it’s theoretically impossible, or impossibly far off in the future. A lot of pieces have to fall into place before we can even begin to start thinking about testing the idea....And this summer, the blue-sky research arm of the United States intelligence agencies, Iarpa, distributed some $50 million in five-year grants to map the connectome in a cubic millimeter of mouse brain linked to learning behavior, record the corresponding neurons in live mouse brains and simulate the circuits in a computer.