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IARPA gets a new director

Dr. Jason Matheny, IARPA Director

Jason Matheny was formerly head of IARPA's Office for Anticipating Surprise. (Jason Matheny / IARPA)

Jason Matheny is the new head of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, the intelligence community’s R&D arm.

Matheny previously served as head of IARPA’s Office for Anticipating Surprise, which develops new forecasting capability for national security threats. Prior to that, he worked at the Office of Incisive Analysis, an analytics shop that works with data sets old and new.

Matheny has worked at Oxford University, the World Bank and the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a doctorate in applied economics. He also has co-founded two biotechnology firms, according to his IARPA biography.

“Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position and I’m confident that he will continue to maintain the high bar for technical excellence and relevance to our intelligence community mission,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in an Aug. 3 statement.

Posted by Sean Lyngaas on Aug 03, 2015 at 10:53 AM


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