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SAIC’s Jay Meil on Joint Warfighting & AI

Joint warfighting is a major focus for the Department of Defense as it works to adapt to the challenges of the modern battlefield, a constantly shifting landscape in which success is determined by data and digital capabilities.

Interested in getting a comprehensive look into the intricacies of joint warfighting initiatives? The Potomac Officers Club’s Joint Coalition Operations in 2030 Forum on May 30 will feature a variety of seasoned public and private sector executives who specialize in joint operations.

Click here to learn more, and click here to register to attend the event.

One of these leaders is Jay Meil, chief data scientist and managing director of artificial intelligence at SAIC, who will moderate the event’s panel discussion. Meil is an expert on joint warfighting and related technologies and has spoken extensively about Joint All-Domain Command and Control, the DOD’s flagship initiative for enhancing joint warfighting capabilities between DOD components, international allies and partner organizations.

In a recent LinkedIn post, Meil described CJADC2 as “a coherent approach aimed at shaping future Joint Force Command and Control capabilities.”

“Its primary goal is to furnish warfighting capabilities that encompass sensing, comprehension, and decisive action,” he explained.

He said that for military kill chains to be “swift, precise, adaptive, and resilient,” forces must have the “ability to rapidly assimilate and interpret information from various modalities and phenomenology, supporting effective command decisions.”

Meil is a strong advocate for the use of artificial intelligence in joint warfighting. Human-machine teaming, he wrote, has potential for “alleviating the cognitive burden on warfighters” and can be “a force multiplier across services” that enables “a reduction in human personnel tasked with monitoring an escalating volume of objects of interest through the enhancement of operational workflows.”

Another aspect of achieving an information advantage on today’s battlefield is leveraging the electromagnetic spectrum for “communication, radar, and other critical functions such as C5ISR, and intelligence operations,” Meil said in a follow-up post.

Pattern recognition capabilities found in AI and machine learning technologies, are “invaluable for making timely and informed decisions in order to navigate the intricacies of our data-driven world,” and the use of these systems can “generate logic that collects, exploits, and makes informed decisions based on EM signals.”

Data is a major focus of the Joint Coalition Operations in 2030 Forum, and Meil said in a discussion with Manmeet Singh, account manager at SAIC subsidiary Koverse, that to “fully utilize AI’s potential, we must first tackle the data challenge.”

“By utilizing AI’s strength in handling data, we can unleash human potential for strategic thinking, reasoning and decision-making, where our unique abilities shine,” said Meil.

Meil will offer even more insightful commentary on joint warfighting at the upcoming event. To take advantage of the opportunity to hear from him in person, click here.

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