IARPA in the News

Defense News

The democratization of technology has been both a benefit and a bother to the intelligence community. Outlets such as social media have provided intelligence officials with a readily available database to analyze – even adopting the wider use of open source intelligence – but it also has proved to be a handy tool for terrorists....According to Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, open sourcing is good for the types of events that the Intelligence Community does not look at in terms of typical or traditional military adversaries.


Louisiana Tech University and its Center for Biomedical Engineering Rehabilitation Science (CBERS) is proud to welcome Dr. Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., who will present highlights from his research in neuroscience...The BRAIN Initiative is a $100 million program that includes five federal agencies, the National Institutes for Health, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Federal Drug Administration and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.

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.