Dr. Mark Flood, Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Dr. Mark Flood

Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Mark Flood earned undergraduate degrees in finance, German, and economics from Indiana University, Bloomington. He earned a doctorate in finance from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

He taught finance at universities in the U.S. and Canada, and worked as a financial economist on issues of regulatory policy and risk management at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the Federal Housing Finance Board, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. He was a research principal and acting associate director of the Office of Financial Research at the U.S. Department of the Treasury for eight years.

He joined DARPA as a program manager in the Information Innovation Office in 2020.

In the News…

The innovation office of the U.S. military is introducing an effort to assess cryptocurrency threats to national security and law enforcement, aiding authorities in preventing illegal uses of digital assets.

According to DARPA program manager, Dr. Mark Flood, “The program underway here involves mapping out the cryptocurrency universe in some detail”

He continued, “We just need to acknowledge that the financial sector may be a component of modern warfare going forward, and anything we can do to reinforce and protect the U.S. financial sector and our allies’ financial sectors is beneficial.”

Dr. Flood referenced digital attacks by countries including North Korea and Russia, which launched attacks on the Ukrainian financial industry before it invaded Ukraine earlier this year.

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has hired crypto intelligence firm Inca Digital to work on its launch of the analysis project, which will take place over the span of a year.


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