U.S. Special Operations Command has opened a Data Engineering Lab in Tampa, Fla. for the command’s artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic process automation projects, Military Times reported Saturday. The lab is located within the SOFWERX complex in Tampa, which houses activities aimed at addressing current warfighter requirements.
Maj. Jennifer Bocanegra, a spokeswoman for USSOCOM, told Military Times that DEL was launched to allow defense entities, private sector partners and the academe to “develop, test and employ new technical approaches to modernize warfighting decision making.”
DEL is working with the Joint AI Center to develop predictive maintenance technology driven by AI and machine learning to support the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment in Kentucky. According to Bocanegra, initial data and program results show a “significant increase in readiness” for the defense component.