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In-VEST: Intelligence Ventures in Exploratory Science and Technology

Stimulating cutting-edge public- and private-sector research is critical to ensuring strategic and tactical intelligence advantage for our nation’s policymakers and warfighters.  Building upon the new science opportunities identified by the ODNI’s Intelligence Science & Technology Partnership (In-STeP) technology roadmaps, In-VEST is intended to provide the private sector with early signals for the types of advanced technology that the IC is anticipated to require, providing industry and academia an opportunity to invest appropriately now to support the IC’s future needs.  In parallel, In-VEST will leverage and influence US Government-wide research to help meet these same challenges.

The In-VEST program is designed to be the catalyst for accelerating R&D activities to meet select In-STeP-identified challenges. Using complementary requests for information (RFIs) and prize challenge competitions, In-VEST seeks to stimulate private-sector investments and leverage—or at a minimum, influence—current initiatives relevant to these challenges.  For more detailed information, our In-VEST Brochure is available here.

Adoption and implementation of In-VEST will be critical for providing the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) with substantiated research investment guidance to resolve In-STeP-identified challenges. 

Please contact the In-VEST team at S&This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about In-VEST or the other S&T Investment activities.


Xploratory Challenge Series & RFIs

Initial In-VEST focus areas—to include the Xploratory Challenge Series—seek to ascertain and advance the state-of-the-art in the application of natural language processing and other artificial intelligence approaches for streamlining and automating the IC’s finished intelligence production processes.  Employing such methods to craft intelligence products would serve to decouple the reporting aspect of intelligence production from longer-term and strategic analyses, ensuring that the IC continues to warn and inform in a timelier fashion as well as contribute more meaningfully to strategic US foreign policy decisions.

The first Xploratory Challenge, relating to machine generation of analytic products, has been launched!  Details can be found at: https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933982