While the Intelligence Community (IC) is often portrayed in a negative spotlight in the media, it is actually a quiet driver of new innovations that support our national security efforts.

Most of the time, the good work of the IC also happens outside of the public eye, and it does not receive the credit it should in a public forum. As such, we are shining a light on Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), and how this organization is strengthening the IC’s mission.

IARPA collaborates across the entire IC in the form of research programs that are very forward thinking, which ultimately give us an unprecedented edge against our adversaries. Frankly, some of its research programs are the stuff of science fiction novels.

For example, IARPA is developing a new program that will measure brainpower to help understand how an individual might adapt to future job demands. According to this Federal Computer Week story, the organization is advancing neural mapping and measurement to get beyond traditional ways of estimating future cognitive performance like testing and inferring from past achievements, as a potential future human resources tool.

This means that IARPA is developing new methodologies to help foster and grow the next-generation of IC leaders – giving us an even stronger competitive edge from a human capital perspective.

Sometimes the best innovations come down to people and talent, which is why we are naming IARPA as this week’s “GovTransformer.” Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.