The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is a United States research agency under the Director of National Intelligence's responsibility. In January 2008, Lisa Porter, an administrator at NASA with experience at DARPA, was appointed director[1] of the activity formed in 2006 from the National Security Agency's Disruptive Technology Office (DTO), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s National Technology Alliance and the Central Intelligence Agency’s Intelligence Technology Innovation Center.[2]

The Director of National Intelligence in a September 2006 speech stated that the goal of the agency[3] is to conduct research that

  • Cuts across multiple IC agencies;
  • Targets new opportunities that lie in the white spaces between agencies;
  • Provides innovations that agencies avoid because of current business models; and
  • Generates revolutionary capabilities that will surprise our adversaries and help us avoid being surprised.

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  1. New IARPA agency developing spy tools," USA Today
  2. "Igniting a Technical Renaissance," Maryann Lawlor, Signal, October 2007
  3. "Remarks by the Director of National Intelligence Ambassador John D. Negroponte," Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, September 25, 2006

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