IARPA in the News

Phys.org

A physicist in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences has received a major grant to support ongoing work in quantum information science.

Britton Plourde, associate professor of physics, is the recipient of a $230,000 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program award from the Army Research Office (ARO). The award enables him to acquire a cryogen-free adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) for the College's Department of Physics....

One of Plourde's projects, led by IBM and funded by the U.S. government's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, has him combining multiple superconducting qubits with microwave resonators, in hopes of implementing a quantum algorithm.

Stony Brook University Happenings

Hackers continue to breach our everyday lives, with recent reports of stolen consumer credit and debit card data from Home Depot and other major retailers contributing to a national cybersecurity scare.

Such a scare prompts action. As part of a Computer Science Tech Day September 12 at the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University’s Department of Computer Science opened the National Security Institute (NSI) — a program intent on amplifying our cybersecurity through technological research and development....

“Cyber research needs to be relevant that it addresses national security needs – not restricted to government operations, but inclusive of everything that’s key to our society’s infrastructure,” said Konrad Vesey of the IARPA. “The federal government needs proposals that express optimistic views and techniques for software assurance.”

SIGNAL

Factors ranging from weapons of mass destruction proliferation to nanotechnology advances are driving the development of new technologies to serve the U.S. intelligence community. Necessity and opportunity are well represented among items listed by agency technologists at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C....

On the technology front, Peter Highnam, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), cited biomedical technologies and superconducting as important research areas.

Washington Post

While industry analysts and venture capitalists argue about which nascent technology trends will stick around, one federal agency is betting its software can answer the question for them.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, a group created to coordinate research for the intelligence community, has designed an application to identify technology that isn’t well-known today but might be in three to five years.

SIGNAL

Government is targeting intelligence technology research to maximize its return while relying on industry to provide complementary development, according to a group of government intelligence technologists. This approach aims to address budget constraints amid increased investments by other nations.

Some of the community’s research practices were outlined by a panel at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, being held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. Peter Highnam, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), noted that IARPA does not fund basic research. Instead, it builds on the research done by industry.

Tennessee Today

“There are a lot of ideas out there where the required energy makes it impossible to put intelligence where it is needed,” said Holleman. “Brain interfaces to restore movement for paralysis patients is one area where this sort of technology could really help people.”

While such breakthroughs hold promise for a number of medical ailments, Holleman was quick to caution that it could still be years before they become commonplace.

In the meantime, the two professors have secured grants from the National Science Foundation, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is funding their current project.

SIGNAL

The Internet of Things promises to change everyday life—and intelligence operations—but it remains far from reality, according to government and industry experts. Aspects ranging from security to architectures remain to be determined as changing technologies alter outlooks.

An afternoon panel at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, being held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C., discussed some of these issues. Chris Reed, program manager, Office of Smart Collection, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), said he sees a lot of potential benefits from networking a large number of devices, but many technical barriers remain before planners can unlock what those benefits are.