Jack Shanahan: US Military Needs AI Security Professionals

Jack Shanahan
Jack Shanahan

Jack Shanahan, director at the Department of Defense's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. military needs security professionals who can validate the benefits and limitations of artificial intelligence technology.

Shanahan discussed how AI can potentially help optimize decision-making capacities during a forum with the U.S. Naval War College students and instructors, the U.S. Navy said Friday.

"Like electricity, AI is a transformative, general-purpose enabling technology capable of being used for good or for evil – but not a thing unto itself," said Shanahan.

Shanahan added the Chinese military has implemented AI into various platforms.

“They are sprinting to incorporate AI technology in all aspects of their military, and the Chinese commercial industry is more than willing to help.”

Shanahan also noted that academic institutions must seek various approaches in the application of AI technologies.

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