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Defense Department working to scale artificial intelligence use

Joint Artificial Intelligence Center leading effort
Artificial Intelligence
Posted at 10:04 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 17:32:49-05

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to scale artificial intelligence, saying the technology shouldn't just be a concept of the future but also should be incorporated now.

"We have a tech-native military and civilian workforce that enjoys a fast-flowing, responsive, and tailored information environment, at home when they're on their mobile phones. They want that same experience in the militaries and department systems that they operate. Our warfighters want responsive, data-driven decisions. Our commanders want to operate at speed and with a mix of manned and unmanned capabilities. The citizens seek efficiency and effectiveness from their investments in defense. Artificial intelligence can unlock all of these," explained Lieutenant General Michael Groen, Director of Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, during a recent Pentagon briefing.

The Defense Department is working to adopt AI across all operations.

"We can't achieve scale without having a broader range of participants in the integration of AI," Groen stated.

Groen stressed that an important facet of implementation is making sure leaders understand that AI is not IT.

"This is warfighting business. It is assessment and analysis – analysis of warfighting decision-making or enterprise decision-making in our support infrastructure and in our business infrastructure," he said.

You can learn more about the work of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center here.