Nand Mulchandani on JAIC’s Joint Warfighting Mission Initiative

Nand Mulchandani on JAIC’s Joint Warfighting Mission Initiative
Nand Mulchandani CTO JAIC

Nand Mulchandani, chief technology officer at the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), said JAIC considers the joint warfighting mission initiative as its flagship product and is working to identify ways to transform how the country will go to war, National Defense reported Tuesday.

“Our early products … were really focused on kind of starter AI projects when it came to things like predictive maintenance and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” Mulchandani told the publication in an interview. “The algorithms were not that hard. … [However,] joint warfighting is the hardest problem at the DoD for us to take on.”

He said JAIC is starting with decision support and human-machine teaming, among other technologies, and noted that the joint warfighting mission initiative will contribute to the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System program, joint all-domain command-and-control concept and other DoD programs.

He also discussed the impact of a continuing resolution on JAIC’s joint warfighting programs and “new starts,” the center’s relationship with industry, efforts to advance rapid acquisition and work on an acquisition initiative called Project Tradewind to establish connections with small businesses.

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