Meet IARPA: Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

IAPRA-logo 220x220Patrick Wood
Technocracy News
December 1, 2018

The Pentagon has its Technocrat scientist operation with DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The intelligence community has its own version in IARPA, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. 

Imagine having a beefy budget, no project restraints, and you can try to invent anything your mind can brainstorm into existence. The only requirement is that it has to somehow support the various Intel agencies that sit underneath the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence. 

IARPA’s stated mission is to “Lead and support Intelligence Community integration; delivering insights, driving capabilities, and investing in the future.” Sounds simple enough. Then it gets interesting:


  • We innovate, imagine, seek out, and pursue new possibilities
  • We speak truth to power
  • We consider all aspects of risk
  • We anticipate, embrace, and drive change


IARPA claims that they do not implement the things they invent, which effectively removes them from responsibility for their actions and inventions. It’s a Technocrat’s dream come true.


The ODNI was created by President George Bush in February 2005 in order to consolidate all 17 Intel agencies underneath a central authority and manager. This necessitated a complete restructuring and repurposing of America’s Intelligence apparatus, a feat that had never been done before.

The person President Bush chose for this reorganization was John Negroponte, a member of the Trilateral Commission. During his two year tenure, Negroponte created IARPA  to be a technological brainstorming arm to invent surveillance and analysis systems for his department.

In January, 2009, another Trilateral Commission member , Adm. Dennis Blair, served as DNI under Obama.

What type of projects is IARPA working on?

  • Speech recognition (i.e., universal translators, transcriptions)
  • Quantum machine learning
  • Geospatial Intel
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Event forecasting (i.e., pre-crime)
  • Facial recognition, biometrics
  • Mapping the Brain using AI

For those who think that the National Security Agency and CIA come up with crazy Intel technologies, now you know where most of it comes from. And, don’t forget that the master fingerprint of the whole enterprise belongs to the Trilateral Commission.

Patrick Wood is editor of Technocracy News, where this article first appeared. For Mr. Wood's full bio, and more of his commentaries, click here.

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