Lockheed Execs on Advancing Ethical AI Platforms Across the Government

Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor, Greg Forrest and Mike Harasimowicz of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) said accelerating the ethical application of artificial intelligence is key to achieving the potential of AI in addressing national security challenges and helping the government carry out its missions.

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The Bethesda, Maryland-based aerospace and defense contractor is pursuing the development of ethical AI platforms through the Lockheed Martin AI Center and AI Factory.

Taylor, Forrest and Harasimowicz wrote that Lockheed offers AI-enabled capabilities and basic tools through LAIC to facilitate the deployment of existing and new AI programs to support government clients and internal operations.

Greg Forrest

The company is taking a disciplined approach to scaling AI-enabled platforms from the prototyping phase to the production stage through the AI Factory, which Taylor, Forrest and Harasimowicz described as “a modular ecosystem for training, deploying and then sustaining AI models at scale.”

With AI Factory, they noted that users can focus on developing AI models by streamlining “access to compute, data, software and security to eliminate many of the complexities that can plague machine learning operations.”

Mike Harasimowicz

They said Lockheed is working with NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) to advance the development of ethical and trusted AI by scrutinizing platforms for unintended bias. The partnership aims to help government agencies contain wildfires through the Cognitive Mission Manager project, which they said reflects the two companies’ commitment to “creating better methods of predicting fire behavior, optimizing response options and facilitating decision-making to protect lives and property.”

Taylor is vice president of AI, Forrest is director of AI Foundations and Harasimowicz is director of AI Innovations at Lockheed.

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