The U.S. Army requires Congress approval to move forward with a potential five-year, $1 billion investment in data, artificial intelligence and cloud, FCW reported Tuesday. The investment plan also depends on whether the Department of Defense can award the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure or JEDI cloud contract on schedule.
Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the Army, said the service branch intends to pursue digital transformation with data as a strategic tool and the use of industry-based technology. The Army and the other branches still require a new bill to secure new funds for projects.
"We will manage big data, employ AI-enabled tools in earnest without sacrificing cyber security or resilience," McCarthy said Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual conference in Washington, D.C. "Without a budget, it's a new start program, so we'll sit and we'll wait," the secretary said.