Pentagon needs better data on its own forces before taking advantage of artificial intelligence (AI)

Dec. 16, 2019
If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles. Guess which half of Sun Tzu is the Pentagon's problem?

ARLINGTON, Va. – While the U.S. military has “tons of really good information on the adversary” that can help teach future artificial intelligence (AI) systems about enemy targets, it actually lacks the necessary data about its own forces. Breaking Defense reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

16 Dec. 2019 -- That's the word from Col. Enrique Oti, head of the Air Force’s key software innovation hub Kessel Run. Until the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) gets that data on itself, he said, there’s a host of AI applications out of reach.

“We don’t have really good information on ourselves — on maintenance, or personnel or even air war planning,” he says, adding that one of the things Kessel Run is trying to do is to rectify that problem.

“One of the issues we have with most software in DOD is the software doesn’t actually generate good data,” Oti says. “Because it is not entirely user friendly, [it] is not either storing or creating good quality data.”

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John Keller, chief editor
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