Robert Work on DoD’s Use of AI in Weapons Development

Robert Work, former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, said DoD is “absolutely unapologetic” about its efforts to advance the development of artificial intelligence-based weapons, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

“If we’re going to succeed against a competitor like China that’s all in on this competition … we’re going to have to grasp the inevitability of AI,” Work said Wednesday at an AFCEA event. “I would argue the U.S. military is the most ethical military force in the history of warfare, and we think the shift to AI-enabled weapons will continue this trend,” Work added.

Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, head of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, discussed the importance of an AI-enabled force to national security.

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