The current level of artificial intelligence science is very good at analyzing large pools of data and identifying patterns for deeper study. In the intelligence world agents and analysts collects large volumes of data collected from cell phones, texts and other sources. The many intelligence agencies rely on this data to find things that may give an early indication a coming attack.
The U.S. CIA and NSA, understand this. In fact they are working to embrace A.I. for intelligence.
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Lt. General John Shanahan who is the Pentagon’s director for defense for warfighter support is racing to put artificial intelligence and machine learning to work for the U.S. Defense Department.
General Shanahan spoke recently at a G.P.U technical conference in Washington D.C., highlighting the growing role AI is playing in security, intelligence and defense.
Shanahan leads Project Maven, an effort launched in April to put machine learning and AI to work, starting with efforts to turn the countless hours of aerial video surveillance collected by the U.S. military into actionable intelligence.
We have analysts looking at full-motion video, staring at screens 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 hours at a time. They’re doing the same thing photographic interpreters were doing in World War II. These are the finest, most well-trained analysts in the world. That’s going to change.
Let the machines do what machines do well, and let humans do what only humans can do.
Shanahan’s 50-minute keynote, however, put a spotlight on how deeply AI is impacting the world security, intelligence and defense.
The defense community is facing a huge challenge: it has more and better sensors than ever but it’s struggling to make the most out of all that data, Shanahan said. “The world has changed, we’re in a data-driven environment,” he said.
More people are not the answer; better tools are the answer.
Project Mave will deliver AI-based algorithms for some of the military’s unmanned aerial systems by the end of next year.
Further out, General Shanahan sees many more opportunities for human-machine teaming. His plan is to inspire his colleagues to use AI and machine learning to “augment, automate and amplify.”
We’re not talking yet about replacing analysts, we’re giving them time to think.
A.I. Everywhere In The Defense Community.
Shanahan sees Project Maven as a force that will ripple across the entire defense community. AI and machine learning, Shanahan said, need to be pushed into everything the Department of Defense does.
“The Department of Defense should not buy another weapons system without AI,” he said.