Artificial intelligence (AI) becomes the latest arms race as adversaries seek to perfect machine learning

Dec. 22, 2020
AI has already gained a strong foothold in logistics and maintenance in Pentagon thinking and is now making its way to military field commanders.

WASHINGTON – Harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies has become the new arms race among the great powers, a Hudson Institute panel on handling big data in military operations said this month in Washington. USNI News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

22 Dec. 2020 -- Bryan Clark of the Hudson Institute said during the event that the lessons learned from Special Operations Command work in Afghanistan -- starting in 2004 but accelerating in 2008 -- is being felt across the U.S. Department of Defense in this new technology arms race.

“It’s decision-centric warfare” versus “attrition-centric warfare,” he said, comparing it to “maneuver warfare in the information domain.” He cited the value of Project Maven as improving a field commander’s ability to more effectively command and control his unit’s operation in conflict -- from when, what and where to fire, to not shooting at all.

Project Maven is a Pentagon project using machine learning to sort through masses of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data -- unmanned systems video, paper, computer hard drives, thumb drives and more -- collected by the department and intelligence agencies for operational use across the services. It has sometimes been called algorithmic warfare.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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