Three IARPA offices release three separate broad agency announcements

IARPAThe Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) released on March 10 three separate broad agency announcements (BAAs) which solicit submissions during the coming 12 months of innovative ideas in three separate areas of intelligence-related research.

IARPA’s office of safe and secure operations (SSO) released its broad agency announcement to attract ideas that will enable the Intelligence Community to operate freely and effectively in an often hostile and increasingly interdependent and resource-constrained environment.

“SSO programs are most often not application-specific, but concentrate instead on creating the foundations of a powerful and robust infrastructure for the IC that can maintain its integrity over time,” says this office’s BAA.

The document says IARPA is seeking research that can demonstrate the feasibility of revolutionary concepts in computation, trust establishment and maintenance, and detecting and deflecting hostile intent.

Further information about this specific BAA is available from Susan Alexander at

A second BAA, issued by IARPA’s office of smart collection seeks to develop new sensor and transmission technologies, new collection techniques that more precisely target desired information, and means for collecting information gathered from previously inaccessible sources.

“In addition, the Office pursues new mechanisms for combining information gathered from multiple sources to enhance the quality, reliability, and utility of collected information,” says this particular BAA.

Further information is available from Dr. Edward Baranoski at

Finally, the incisive analysis office of IARPA has issued a third BAA which hopes to maximize the insights available from massive, disparate, unreliable and dynamic data.

“We are pursuing new sources of information from existing and novel data, and developing innovative techniques that can be utilized in the processes of analysis,” says this third BAA. “IA programs are in diverse technical disciplines, but have common features: (a) create technologies that can earn the trust of the analyst user by providing the reasoning for results; and (b) address data uncertainty and provenance explicitly,” says the BAA.

Further information is available from Dr. Rita Bush at

All three newly-issued BAAs say they will accept submissions through March 2015.