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DoD Advisory Board OKs Weapon Vulnerability Assessment, Machine Learning Advancement

The Defense Innovation Advisory Board on Monday cleared a dozen recommendations that seek to help the Defense Department maintain its technological edge as well as manage its operations, culture and processes, DoD News reported Monday.

Some of the recommendations approved by the 15-member advisory board during its second meeting at the Pentagon include the appointment a chief innovation officer at DoD, assessment of cyber vulnerabilities in weapons systems and advancement of innovation in machine learning and artificial intelligence, Lisa Ferdinando writes.

The board also called for DoD to expand adoption of acquisition exemptions and waivers, increase code access, set up software development groups at every major command as well as implement computer science as a core competency through training and recruitment, Ferdinando reports.

Board members also tackled a recommendation to create a global repository that will work to facilitate data collection, analysis and exchange.

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman at Google parent company Alphabet and chair of the board, told reporters he believes the defense innovation board will continue its efforts under the next administration, the report added.

The board approved the recommendations months after it held its initial meeting in October.

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