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Dana Deasy: Pentagon’s AI Strategy Backs Every Aspect of National Defense Strategy

Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the Department of Defense, has said DoD’s artificial intelligence strategy supports every facet of the National Defense Strategy, DoD reported Tuesday.

Deasy told reporters Tuesday that the Pentagon’s AI strategy focuses on increasing agility and speed and that the performance of AI program will depend on the department’s relationships with external and internal partners.

“Interagency, industry, our allies and the academic community will all play a vital role in executing our AI strategy,” he said during a roundtable meeting with reporters.

The Pentagon’s AI strategy details the strategic approach designed to guide initiatives to speed up AI adoption and those include delivering AI-based capabilities that address missions; scaling AI’s impact across the department through a common foundation; leading in AI safety and military ethics; and building up a leading AI workforce.

Deasy, a 2019 Wash100 winner, announced the launch of DoD’s AI strategy with Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T. Shanahan, director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. Shanahan noted that JAIC serves as the strategy’s focal point and discussed the center’s strategic focus areas.

DoD unveiled its AI strategy a day after the White House launched the American AI Initiative through an executive order.


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