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IARPA tackles some of the most difficult challenges across the intelligence agencies and disciplines, and results from its programs are expected to transition to its IC customers. IARPA does not have an operational mission and does not deploy technologies directly to the field.
IARPA is capable of quickly responding to new priorities, emerging challenges, scientific breakthroughs, and emerging technological opportunities. IARPA does not institutionalize programs; the status quo is always questioned, fresh ideas and perspectives are always encouraged, and only the best ideas and research performers are funded.
IARPA is committed to technical excellence and technical truth and insists that technical risk be accompanied by technical rigor. The scientific method and peer review are upheld as critical elements of program execution.
IARPA will not start a program without a good idea and an exceptional program manager to lead its execution. Our program managers are encouraged to take risks and accept failure in the pursuit of their innovative research ideas, provided that they do not sacrifice technical or programmatic integrity, and that they fully document their research results.
There are four cutting-edge offices within IARPA:
Office for Anticipating Surprise
The goal of the programs in this office is to characterize and reduce uncertainty through anticipatory intelligence, developing new capabilities to deliver timely and accurate forecasts for a range of events relevant to national security.
Office of Incisive Analysis
The goal of the programs in this office is to maximize insight from the information we collect, in a timely fashion.
Office of Safe & Secure Operations
The goal of the programs in this office is to be able to counter new capabilities implemented by our adversaries that could threaten our ability to operate freely and effectively in a networked world.
Office of Smart Collection
The goal of the programs in this office is to dramatically improve the value of collected data from all sources.
The role of the Office of theProgram Manager of the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) is to coordinate and facilitate the development of a network-centric ISE by focusing on standards and architecture, security and access, associated privacy protections, and best practices. The PM-ISE serves as a change agent and center for innovation and discovery in providing ideas, tools, and resources to mission partners who then apply them to their own agencies or communities.
The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 established the position of Program Manager to "plan for and oversee the implementation of, and manage the ISE," and to be "responsible for information sharing across the Federal Government." Consistent with the direction and policies issued by the President, the DNI, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget , the PM-ISE issues government-wide procedures, guidelines, instructions, and functional standards, as appropriate, for the management, development, and proper operation of the ISE. To better assist in ISE implementation activities, the Office of the PM-ISE has staff with experience in counterterrorism, homeland security, information sharing, technology, and policy at all levels of government.
Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment: Mr. Kshemendra Paul
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