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Material posted: Publication date: 29-04-2022
We bring to your attention a short translation of the article "IARPA previews busy research season" published by FCW – it analyzes the topic of advanced technologies that American intelligence relies on.

Let us remind you beforehand that Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the Agency for Advanced Research in the field of Intelligence, is an analogue of the DARPA agency, known for its effectiveness, only working not for the military, but for the US intelligence community.

The US intelligence community is preparing for intensive research this year within the framework of dozens of projects based on artificial intelligence technologies and a special "unique quantum product" created for the US National Security Agency (NSA).

At a conference held on Monday, April 11, with the participation of representatives of the intelligence services – Intelligence National Security Alliance's Spring Symposium — IARPA Director Catherine Marsh (Catherine Marsh) made a report on a number of research projects of the agency, which will begin to be implemented this year.

According to Marsh, the agency has set its goal to launch 10-12 new projects in 2022. Among them is a program that is designed to identify the authors of the text by a "digital footprint" (in the original – "by digital fingerprints").

In the coming weeks, IARPA will publish information about the HAYSTAC program. Its task is to "analyze the movement of people" with the help of programs using AI technologies to identify abnormal cases [of people moving] and fix the standard behaviors of the observed. (Note in this regard that Palantir, a company working for the CIA, was engaged in solving a similar problem years ago, and not without success – for example, once it managed to take on suspicion and then "calculate" a terrorist after he refueled the car not where he usually refueled).

The statements of the head of IARPA were made after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) published a technology investment plan for the next four years. According to these data, the management is most interested in artificial intelligence technologies, including extraction of [useful] data from large arrays, cyberspace, [high–performance] computing and "sensor" systems (the term probably means sensor systems for data collection - ed.).

One of the IARPA programs called RIVA is designed to make the process of observation using visual information for the intelligence community more like the one shown in Hollywood films, through "rendering images of various heights." This will allow intelligence to build movement routes more efficiently and will give users the opportunity to "go anywhere in the world without having to leave [the place of deployment]" – the agent will be able to get used to the place of action with the help of a computer and virtual – more precisely, carefully simulated – reality systems.

"Where is it necessary to send our agents and equipment, because not to such exotic places as Paris, images and data about which are available in sufficient quantity?" asked March rhetorically. – We are talking about places that can hardly be called the most pleasant in the world, and about how we can do in a mode close to real, so that it is possible to send people to remote locations without having to go there in reality."

RIVA aims to use systems based on algorithms to develop photorealistic models with the ability to navigate and using images, data and a "small amount" of metadata, explained Marsh.

As for modern computing technologies, in late April or early May, IARPA will announce the winners of the tender for participation in the program "Advanced Graphical Intelligence, Logical Computing Environment, AGILE". The objective of the project is to study completely new high-performance, highly efficient computing architectures capable of coping with the ever-increasing amount of data that the intelligence community needs to absorb.

"All the data we talked about makes us think differently about how to process them, in a completely different way," said the director of IARPA.

Touching on the topic of quantum computing, Marsh said that the agency is still working on this promising technology.

"So far, such technologies are at a very early stage of development," Marsh noted. – And we have been working with quantum technologies since the creation of IARPA. The program we are working on now is called LOGIC."

According to Marsh, a new program focused on quantum technologies, ELQ, is expected to be launched at the end of the year. Now it is under development and is designed to provide the US NSA with fundamentally new capabilities. (These undoubtedly include the ability to overcome cryptographic protection, which was considered reliable before the advent of quantum computers – ed.)


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