WASHINGTON, D.C. - Defense leaders say the evolution of artificial intelligence in recent years has become a 'game-changer' for the military.
Top defense leaders met last week for the 2020 Department of Defense Artificial Intelligence Symposium and Exposition.
The acting director of the Pentagon Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Nand Mulchandani, told reporters that the military has moved from being pioneers in artificial intelligence to practitioners.
It comes as China and Russia are also making investments in artificial intelligence, including Chinese employment of facial recognition and internet censorship.
"I can clearly tell you that what we're seeing here is the building of a community that is mobilizing to get things done," Mulchandani said.
The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is currently developing several products that are currently in prototype, testing, or in use.
That includes predicting engine failures, monitoring and predicting supply chain issues and logistics, and even help fight wildfires currently burning in California.
Artificial intelligence has become a key component of the National Defense Strategy as the military finds itself operating in a complex security environment.
"We've seen a tremendous emphasis across interagency and all the way up to the White House on ensuring American leadership in artificial intelligence very early on in," noted Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Kratsios at the symposium.
This week the Defense Department is sponsoring an artificial intelligence forum for allies and ten partner nations.