U.S. Special Forces takes a lead in artificial intelligence (AI) for command, control, and communications

Dec. 10, 2020
SOCOM will test products and ideas that one day could be scaled for the whole military, and not only test products for its own applications.

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), the military’s elite joint force of fighters that operates globally, will be the test bed for new artificial intelligence (AI) applications in warfare. Fedscoop reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

SOCOM will be among the first in the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to be AI-enabled, using the emerging technology on everything from maintenance to fighting.

Special Forces, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., has special acquisition and technology authority to purchase and test new warfighting technologies. SOCOM also operates outside traditional theaters of war, giving it more experience in real-life operations.

The command already has been the first adopter of some forms of AI, such as image detection developed through Project Maven, and will move to testing more communications and command-and-control technology as the military works to develop new AI-powered network-of-network systems.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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