Artificial intelligence (AI) is dramatically impacting the national security landscape. AI technology is now a critical component of national security goals, priorities and overall strategy. As the innovative work of private and public organizations continues to develop AI capabilities, federal and commercial players must remain on the cutting edge of AI technology to stay ahead of our nation’s adversaries.
In an attempt to discuss the best role of AI in national security, leaders in several government agencies and services are gathering together at GovConWire’s AI: Innovation in National Security Forum.
Katrina McFarland, a commissioner of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), will deliver the keynote address. McFarland will discuss the NSCAI’s role in AI development and essential goals for AI integration into national security systems.
The Forum will also host an expert panel moderated by Stephen Homeyer of BAE Systems, featuring Jill Crisman of the Department of Defense, Jane Pinelis of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and Dean Souleles of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Before joining the NSCAI in 2019, McFarland was a director for Engility Holdings from 2017 to 2019. She was appointed assistant secretary of Defense for Acquisition by president Obama. Corresponding with her ASD tenure, she was appointed acting assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics & Technology and Army Acquisition executive.
McFarland served as president of the Defense Acquisition University from 2010 to 2012. She was the director of Acquisition, Missile Defense Agency from 2006 to 2010. Ms. McFarland started her civil service career in 1986 at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps as a general engineer.