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Pentagon’s Military AI Effort Project Maven Could Begin Contracting in 2024

The Department of Defense’s key artificial intelligence effort, Project Maven, is poised to meaningfully move forward this year and potentially begin contracting activity after officially becoming a program of record at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in November. 

“I think the best way to describe us is we’re just now starting to get our feet under us to be able to look towards the future,” said NGA’s Maven Office Director Rachael Martin at the NGA Industry Summit in November. “We’ve hit our milestones and you’ll start seeing as we look to the next few months a lot more activity from the Maven office in terms of contracting.”

Dive into Project Maven and hear Rachael Martin speak at the Potomac Officers Club’s 5th Annual AI Summit on March 21. AI experts, thought leaders, Pentagon officials and industry executives will gather to discuss what the future of AI holds at this must-attend AI event. Register here to save your spot. 

According to Martin, NGA is aiming to release a request for proposals for data labeling in the second quarter of 2024. Martin also noted that in addition to data labeling and building up an AI infrastructure, the agency is also interested in text-to-image capabilities, large language models and computer vision in the long term for Project Maven.

“Where we’re looking to do experimentation and prototyping will be in some of these areas just to get a sense of how do we best integrate and use and operationalize some of these technologies because they are not without challenges in their current maturity,” said Martin.

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