Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan: 2020 a Breakthrough Year for DoD’s AI Center

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Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, director of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said he believes 2020 will be a “breakout year” for DoD when it comes to deploying AI-based capabilities, C4ISRNET reported Saturday. JAIC is advancing several mission programs including predictive maintenance for the H-60 helicopter, intelligent business automation and cyber sense-making. 

In addition to such programs, Shanahan said “AI for maneuver and fires” would be the center’s biggest priority in the coming fiscal year and he expects to see developments in the effort within six months from October. The initiative will include autonomous and swarming systems, joint all-domain command and control, target development and operations intelligence fusion.

He said at a media briefing Friday that JAIC is also pursuing the Joint Common Foundation, a platform designed to provide access to data, libraries, tools and environments to help AI and software engineers accelerate the development, testing and deployment of AI platforms to soldiers.

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