November 23, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
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New acquisition approaches are at the heart of a Defense Department effort to speed artificial intelligence (AI) to the warfighter. Other Transactional Authorities (OTAs) are part of the defense effort, known as Tradewind, to bring AI out of the concept stage and into the hands of the warfighter.

Encouraging and extracting innovation is the main thrust of Tradewind, allowed Dave Angeletti, director of the Tradewind ecosystem, which itself is a part of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). With AI offering potential applications in ways that many experts cannot yet conceive of, Tradewind is also trying to bring out new applications as well as speed familiar innovations to the field.

November 1, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a framework for broad government artificial intelligence (AI) development and use that can be followed by industry and academia.  Christos Georghiou/Shutterstock

Federal organizations that plan on implementing artificial intelligence systems now have a framework for practices that addresses development, monitoring, legal and ethical issues. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) document, “Artificial Intelligence: An Accountability Framework for Federal Agencies and Other Entities,” aims to ensure responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI), including oversight.

September 1, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Intelligence analysts train at an Indiana National Guard Base. The use of artificial intelligence will change the role of analysts in several ways as it becomes more widespread throughout the intelligence community. U.S. Air National Guard photo

Research into artificial intelligence may hold the key to advancing every aspect of intelligence operations. Yet, as extensive as its effects would be, the effort to develop effective artificial intelligence also will require a broad-based coordination among government, industry and academia.

Katharina McFarland, commissioner on the National Security Council’s Commission on Artificial Intelligence, is not hesitant to offer a far-reaching opinion on artificial intelligence’s (AI’s) potential for changing the nature of intelligence. “This technology is almost the equivalent of electricity back in the 1800s,” she says. “I think it’s going to be ubiquitous.”

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The United States and its great power rivals are taking different paths in their pursuit of artificial intelligence (AI), but all three are devoting significant resources to what they believe will be a game changer. Their uses of AI also are likely to be different, as their approach to ethics varies according to each nation’s principles.

A breakout session panel provided a global view on the race for AI during the third and final day of the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit being held online September 16-18. Panelists assessed the differences in AI research and applications among Russia, China and the United States.

July 30, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A DARPA cubesat placed into orbit from the International Space Station contains an experiment in which microelectronic mechanical systems (MEMS) change the mirror shape of an optical system to generate high-quality imagery. Space is just one area in which the agency is boosting its research to meet new challenges. Credit: NASA photo

New research areas and greater emphasis on existing sciences define the way ahead for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Longstanding areas such as artificial intelligence, quantum sciences and directed energy systems now are sharing the spotlight with antiviral research, space systems and operational biotechnology as the agency aims deeper into the new decade.

July 23, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
As the intelligence community increasingly incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) to help sort through massive amounts of data, it must apply ethical principles to keep its AI use within proper confines. Credit: Shutterstock/SFIO CRACHO

Transparency and integrity are two key principles headlining the list of artificial intelligence (AI) ethics released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). This list, released in combination with an AI ethics framework for the community, represents the first strike by the ODNI to apply guidance to the development and use of AI in the intelligence community.