During GovCon Wire Events’ AI: Innovation in National Security Forum, the most important private and public sector leaders will discuss how emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technology is radically transforming the national security space.
AI has already become an integral element of national security goals, priorities and overall strategy. Defense officials and industry leaders must remain on the cutting edge of AI technology to stay ahead of our nation’s adversaries.
Katrina McFarland, a commissioner of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) will be featured as the keynote speaker. McFarland will discuss the NSCAI’s role in AI development and essential goals for AI integration into national security systems.
In March, Yii Bajaktari, executive director of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), submitted the NSCAI Final Report, which calls on the federal government to make a deliberate effort to work with private industry and support AI innovation to protect vital U.S. national security interests.
The report also laid out many essential goals, including AI-driven automation of many tasks by the intelligence community by 2030, the incorporation of Open-source software for federal government employees in the Department of Defense (DOD). It also called for massive increases in funding for AI innovation.
It stresses that federal leadership must not neglect AI research or grow lax in AI implementation, as it recommends that director-level positions in each national security agency and the armed forces be responsible for AI initiatives. The report also states that the U.S. Department of State must increase its presence in technology hubs around the world and increase by a factor of three the number of AI research institutes.
The DOD and other federal agencies have acted on the NSCAI Report and will continue to do so. For example, the DOD continues to support its Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). JAIC’s mission is to incorporate AI technology to strengthen warfighter capabilities on the battlefield.
Lt. Gen. Groen, a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, explained at the Summit that all the DOD’s AI systems need to be integrated to achieve AI superiority. “Our efforts to be joint is not adequate. Until we have an integrated warfighting capability that’s data-driven and can operate at tempo, we’re vulnerable. Small will beat our big capabilities.”
“That’s what we’re after here. Using artificial intelligence, and more importantly, the infrastructure of artificial intelligence to connect the dots between data sources and command and control and decision outcomes for the joint force and for the services,” added Groen.
Commercial industry is also responding to the federal government’s call for better, faster and more resilient Ai technologies. For example, in May, Booz Allen Hamilton and Databrick formed a partnership to drive business value by unifying data and AI to meet federal agencies’ data challenges and advance their missions.
John Larson, senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, said that “Combining Booz Allen’s deep technical expertise and mission knowledge with Databricks’ rich Lakehouse Platform will deliver truly powerful AI insights and outcomes for defense, federal civilian and intelligence agencies as they face the most urgent national data challenges.”
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.
Join GovConWire’s AI: Innovation in National Security Forum to hear notable federal and industry leaders further discuss the role of AI in national security as well as what commercial industry can do to assist in AI innovation.