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Troy Pearsall, Executive Vice President of Architecture and Engineering, In-Q-Tel
Troy Pearsall is a behind-the-scenes figure on the bleeding-edge of intelligence technology. He helps decide which emerging technologies get funding for potential use by the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
Pearsall is executive VP of architecture and engineering for In-Q-Tel, a 10-year-old firm that serves as an idea lab, technology accelerator, and tech investor on behalf of the CIA. To understand In-Q-Tel, and Pearsall's role there, it's helps to look at some of the organization's recent moves. They include a partnership with KZO Innovations for an interactive video platform, an agreement with GainSpan to develop applications for low-power Wi-Fi, and an investment in Carnegie Speech, giving the CIA access to spoken-language training software coming out of Carnegie Mellon University.
In-Q-Tel strikes about one such technology development or investment deal a month. Pearsall's job entails requirements assessment, technology evaluation, tech transfer, and rapid prototyping.