Enabling Successful Artificial Intelligence Implementation in the Department of Defense

Abstract:

The Pentagon sees Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a key enabler of future military operations. However, to secure the potential promise of AI, the Department of Defense (DoD) must address a number of challenges including technological diversity, cultural silos, and insufficient skillsets. The onset of what is perceived to be the next global ‘arms’ race will position ’the winner’ as the top superpower that could define and dictate future directions and priorities across the globe. One of the key areas of concern is in the area of cyber—the next major cyberattack is predicted to involve AI systems. There is growing concern that cyberattacks that utilise AI will be more efficient, more powerful, and more damaging in their impact. As a result, there is a great deal of concern among senior leaders on how to best position the DoD for the inevitable threats and expected attacks. This paper focuses on ways in which the DoD can use AI to better position itself for cyber events and challenges in the future.


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National Defense University
USA

John S. Hurley is the course manager for Cyberspace Strategies and co-manager of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Laboratory at the National Defense University (NDU). He has also worked as senior manager of Distributed Computing at the Boeing Company, directed three research centers, and served as the co-director of the Army Center of Excellence. He is also a 2014-2015 Seminar XXI Fellow.

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