Forget the traditional annual review.
The top scientist for the intelligence community’s innovation grant maker says his agency reviews contracts every six months to decide whether the funding continues.
“The bulk of time on my job is to review progress on new programs, and a fourth of our budget is test and evaluation,” Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity since 2015, told an analytics breakfast on Tuesday sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Graduate School and REI Systems.
Like its larger and older Pentagon counterpart—the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—Matheny’s agency seeks to find and outfit its agencies (17 in the intel community) with cutting-edge technology tools. That means scanning research being done in government, business and academia in fields as diverse as physics, math, chemistry and political science, he said, to apply their skills to high-performance computing, robotics and biotechnology.
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