The Pentagon has its Technocrat scientist operation with DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The intelligence community has its own version in IARPA, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.
Imagine having a beefy budget, no project restraints, and you can try to invent anything your mind can brainstorm into existence. The only requirement is that it has to somehow support the various Intel agencies that sit underneath the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence.
IARPA’s stated mission is to “Lead and support Intelligence Community integration; delivering insights, driving capabilities, and investing in the future.” Sounds simple enough. Then it gets interesting:
- We innovate, imagine, seek out, and pursue new possibilities
- We speak truth to power
- We consider all aspects of risk
- We anticipate, embrace, and drive change
IARPA claims that they do not implement the things they invent, which effectively removes them from responsibility for their actions and inventions. It’s a Technocrat’s dream come true.
The ODNI was created by President George Bush in February 2005 in order to consolidate all 17 Intel agencies underneath a central authority and manager. This necessitated a complete restructuring and repurposing of America’s Intelligence apparatus, a feat that had never been done before.
The person President Bush chose for this reorganization was John Negroponte, a member of the Trilateral Commission. During his two year tenure, Negroponte created IARPA to be a technological brainstorming arm to invent surveillance and analysis systems for his department.'
Read more: Meet IARPA: Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity