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It is IARPA's mission to invest in high-risk/high-payoff research programs that have the potential to provide the U.S. with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over its future adversaries. IARPA's time horizon is measured in years, not months. It does not have an operational mission and does not deploy technologies directly to the field. IARPA programs are by nature highly experimental and pioneering and are designed to produce new capabilities not even imagined by the operational agencies it serves.