Intelligence Agency Joins U-Md. Research Center
Date: Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 23:37:19 GMT
Topic: General

By Anita Huslin/ Washington Post Staff Writer/ Monday, June 16, 2008; D01

The University of Maryland's newest tenant is not in the business of advertising its existence or its work.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is the new corollary of the military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, created in 1958 in the wake of the Sputnik launch to develop new defense technologies. Among other things, DARPA's work led to the development of the Internet, global positioning systems and unmanned aircraft. IARPA is expected to perform similar work for the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

"Projections are, it's going to become an enormous enterprise and there will be undoubtedly lots of companies, both as contractors and otherwise, that will locate around the building," said William E. Kirwin, chancellor of the University of Maryland system.

"I think it will be substantial," University of Maryland president C.D. Mote Jr. said of the new IARPA presence. "This is expected to be the premier supporter of the most advanced thinking in far-reaching intelligence research -- new stuff that hasn't been thought of."

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