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Joseph Kernan Talks DoD’s Project Maven AI Effort at GEOINT Symposium

Joseph Kernan

Joseph Kernan, defense undersecretary for intelligence, has said the Defense Department has initiated artificial intelligence programs and one of those is Project Maven, SpaceNews reported Monday.

Kernan said Monday at the 2018 GEOINT symposium in Florida that Project Maven has been tested in operations abroad and “extraordinarily” useful in intelligence data processing.

Project Maven, also known as the algorithmic warfare cross-functional team, aims to speed up conversion of large data volumes into actionable insights and intelligence and help DoD expedite the integration of machine learning and big data.

The AWCFT seeks to deploy a technology platform that will work to automate processing, exploitation and dissemination operations for mid-altitude full-motion video and tactical aerial drones in support of the campaign against the Islamic State militant organization.

Kernan, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, cited the benefits of AI software platforms.

“It’s about enabling analysts to use their cognitive process so they don’t have to jam and finger push things into a computer,” he said of AI software tools.

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