Military leaders seek to balance human reasoning and artificial intelligence (AI) in command and control

Dec. 4, 2019

DENVER – The Pentagon wants a combat network that can suck up sensor data from across the battlefield in seconds and use artificial intelligence (AI) to match targets automatically with the best weapons to strike them, like Uber pairing passengers to drivers. Breaking Defense reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

4 Dec. 2019 -- Generals and civilian officials alike, however, warn that command and control driven by AI must leave room for human judgment, creativity, and ethics. The question is how to strike that balance.

“You’re going to provide your subordinates the best data you can get them, and you’re going to need AI to get that quality of data,” says recently retired Gen. Robert Brown, “but then that’s balanced with, they’re there on the ground.”

Military leaders must make their own judgment calls based on what they see and hear and intuit, not just click “okay” on whatever battle plan the computer suggests, as if they’re paging through the latest terms & conditions boilerplate on their smartphones.

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John Keller, chief editor
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