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Mark Andress, Nand Mulchandani: NGA May Benefit From AI in the Future

Mark Andress, chief information officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Nand Mulchandani, chief technology officer of the Department of Defense's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said NGA would benefit from the use of AI.

Andress said AI could help the agency collect and analyze data for safety and navigation efforts that require processing through networks of varying classifications, DoD said Friday.

He added that the technology would help analysts interpret data and leaders make decisions through the creation of smart algorithms.

The CIO also AI-related highlighted challenges faced by DoD: large data volumes, separated defense mapping networks and an agency-wide cultural shift upon AI implementation.

"An algorithm used for AI decision making that is 74 percent efficient is not one that will be put into production to certify geolocation because that's not good enough," Andress said.

He concluded that AI would support NGA in the future, but implementation will require time.

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