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 of the activity formed in 2006 from the National Security Agency’s Disruptive Technology Office (NSA DTO), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s National Technology Alliance and the Central Intelligence Agency’s Intelligence Technology Innovation Center.
IARPA is composed of three program offices—Smart Collection, Incisive Analysis, and Safe and Secure Operations. The goal of the Office of Smart Collection is to “dramatically improve the value of collected data from all sources”. The Office of Incisive Analysis exists to “maximize insight from the information we collect, in a timely fashion”. IARPA’s third division, the Office of Safe and Secure Operations, exists to “counter new capabilities implemented by our adversaries that would threaten our ability to operate freely and effectively in a networked world”.