IARPA Director Jason Matheny selected by Foreign Policy as one of its 2017 Global"RE"Thinkers

IARPA Director Jason Matheny selected by Foreign Policy as one of its 2017 Global"RE"Thinkers

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:55

Jason Matheny

For emphasizing the role of science in national security

By Jenna McLaughlin

 

In the James Bond films, “Q” was the agent in charge of the British intelligence service’s secretive research division where scientists invented spy gadgets, such as cyanide cigarettes and ski pole guns. Jason Matheny is something of a real-life, modern-day Q — a scientist to the spies. But instead of developing poison fountain pens, his purview covers complex research topics including quantum computing, biological weapons, nuclear proliferation, and neuroscience.

Matheny is the head of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a U.S. government agency formed in 2006 that funds the development of predictive technology in order to ward off impending global crises and conflicts, as well as highlight potential opportunities where the United States could gain an intelligence edge on its competitors. And unlike DARPA, the Defense Department organization after which it was modeled, IARPA focuses on the needs of intelligence officers and analysts, not just service members.

 

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