Joint Office on Artificial Intelligence Announced by DOD

According to the newly-appointed Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Michael Griffin, the Defense Department will “open a joint office focused on developing artificial intelligence prototypes.”

The planned “Joint Artificial Intelligence Office” would be one of a number of similar offices across DOD focused on researching and implementing emergent technologies, such as hypersonics, according to Griffin, whose remarks came at a Friday discussion at the Hudson Institute.

Mitchell notes the timing of the announcement, with the remarks closely corresponding to the end of Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ Senate testimony. Mattis also highlighted increased use of emergent technologies.

“We’re going to move things into production, prototyping,” Mattis said in his testimony. “We’re not going to have more papers, we’re going to move on hypersonics, move on AI.”

Mattis took pains to note that the effort would be a coordinated one. “We’re looking at a joint office where we would concentrate all of DOD’s efforts since we have a number of AI efforts underway right now, we’re looking at pulling them all together,” he said.

Griffin said at the event that the details of the office’s precise structure, location, makeup, etc…are still being finalized.

“When we make a decision, we’re not going to keep it a secret,” he said. “But I can’t tell you that I’ve got an answer today.”

 

 

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