IARPA Issues New Awards for Chemical Detection Research Program

Jeff Brody

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has awarded contracts to teams at the University of Michigan and SRI International for research projects on chemical detection. The teams will work to develop prototypes under the Molecular Analyzer for Efficient Gas-Phase Low-Power Interrogation or MAEGLIN program’s second phase, IARPA said Friday.

MAEGLIN aims to produce a low-power system to analyze chemicals and identify the presence of chemical weapons, illegal drugs, toxins, explosives and nuclear materials. The program’s second phase would cover the integrated application of two different functions: forensic chemical identification and screening chemical identification.

“Chemical detection is a priority for the Intelligence Community, with applications such as forensic analysis, border/facility protection and stockpile/production monitoring,” said Kristy DeWitt, MAEGLIN program manager.

Personnel from the Chemical Biological Center, Naval Research Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory will evaluate the performance of the resulting integrated prototypes.

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