Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said the Department of Defense (DOD) should speed up its efforts to adopt cloud services, standardize data and incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) into operations in order to keep its edge over China, Nextgov reported Wednesday.
“You know, to a Marine, that’s danger close,” Groen said of China’s goal to become a dominant player in the AI field by 2030 during a National Defense Industrial Association event Tuesday.
Groen said adopting common data standards and enterprise-level cloud platforms and integrating networks across DOD would help the U.S. military maintain its superiority over adversaries. He also highlighted the importance of DOD’s AI ethical guidelines.
“From an ethical baseline comes trust in AI systems. It comes from a trust-and-verification, test-and-validation environment where you’re actually ensuring that systems work, they work in areas where they’ll be deployed, and they work with other kinds of systems in achieving the overall operations effect you’re trying to achieve,” Groen said. “If AI is not trusted in the department by…commanders, etc. then It won’t be used, right?"