Pentagon leaders eye new policy on responsible artificial intelligence (AI) that is reliable and governable

June 18, 2021
DOD guidance requires disciplined governance, warfighter trust, and a systems-engineering and risk-management approach to AI acquisitions.

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) will lead implementation of responsible artificial intelligence (AI) across the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), according to a new directive. Defense One reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

18 June 2021 -- U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks has enumerated foundational tenets for responsible AI, reaffirmed the ethical AI principles the department adopted last year, and mandated the JAIC director start work on four activities for developing a responsible AI ecosystem. The five ethical AI principles are responsible, equitable, traceable, reliable, and governable.

The guidance requires disciplined governance, warfighter trust, a systems-engineering and risk-management approach to AI acquisitions, incorporation of responsible AI principles in requirements, a robust national and global responsible AI ecosystem, and a workforce educated on responsible AI.

According to a January 2021 JAIC blog post, the center has already begun work around responsible AI. The JAIC already launched a DOD-wide Responsible AI Subcommittee in March 2020, the post notes, and “this diverse group of approximately 50 individuals representing all major components of the DOD has been meeting monthly throughout the year on a variety of efforts associated with policy and governance processes.”

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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