James Geurts: AI has Potential for Accelerating Navy’s Training Efforts

James Geurts, assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for research, development and acquisition, said during his WEST 2019 speech that artificial intelligence must be leveraged for training operations, USNI reported Thursday.

“I think an area we don’t talk enough about where I think there’s also very interesting opportunities is in training, and how do we speed up our training cycles,” he noted.

Previously, the Navy launched the Aegis Virtual Twin program enabling sailors to train using the AI-driven Aegis Combat System onboard a ship at sea without interfering with navigation and operational functions. The system is intended to provide sailors with realistic training and real-time assessments through a virtual platform aboard a vessel. Alan Shaffer, deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, also spoke at WEST 2019 about the DoD’s plans to deploy AI to improve decision-making.

“It’s not a panacea, it’s not perfect, it’s not everything, but the concept of turning data into the right decision more quickly – or more importantly, pointing out when something is going south – is incredibly important,” he said.

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