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Robert Work: Deep-Learning Tech Can Help Pentagon Target Islamic State Network

Robert Work
Robert Work

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said at a Washington Post-hosted forum Wednesday he believes the Defense Department can better understand and monitor the network of Islamic State militants through the utilization of deep-learning machines.

“The momentum against ISIS is more than any other time in our campaign,” he told columnist David Ignatius during an onstage interview at the Post’s Securing Tomorrow event.

Work, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2016, explained that a Silicon Valley-based company has developed a deep-learning technology that works to extract large amounts of data.

The firm was able to show images of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane over Ukraine in July 2014 and a Russian surface-to-air missile vehicle near the shootdown incident with its technology, he added.

He said DoD collaborates with U.S. partner nations as part of the department’s strategic campaign against adversaries like the Islamic State militant group.

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