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Catherine Marsh: IARPA Leverages Cloud to Back Telework Environment

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Catherine Marsh
Catherine Marsh Director IARPA

Catherine Marsh, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), said IARPA’s cloud infrastructure enabled the agency to support employees who have transitioned to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, SIGNAL Magazine reported Tuesday.

“One of the major accomplishments at IARPA has really been our seamless transition to a remote working environment in the cloud,” Marsh said. “That’s because, unlike most of the intelligence community, most of our work is not classified, and we were really prepared ahead of time with an approved, secure, cloud-based virtual environment, and we were able to pivot quickly at having everybody work safely in isolation away from the office.”

Marsh offered updates on IARPA’s work on the Little Horned Owl unmanned aerial vehicle program and mentioned the agency’s efforts to hire new office directors, who will help recruit program managers, develop research programs and link program managers to intelligence agencies.

“We look for experts to challenge the status quo and to help shape and structure new programs with metrics and milestones and rigorous testing and evaluation to demonstrate that the proposed solutions will meet intelligence community needs,” she added.