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DoD Instructs Defense Science Board to Convene Task Force on Autonomous Threats

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Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin, the Defense Department‘s undersecretary for research and engineering, recently instructed the Defense Science Board to convene a task force that would evaluate the current and long-term abilities of U.S. forces to counter the threat posed by physical as well as digital autonomous systems.

The task force must investigate potential counter-autonomy solutions across all combat domains and address a variety of issues such as understanding the full spectrum of autonomous threats, identifying and filling the gaps in U.S. counter-autonomy capabilities, and determining appropriate acquisition, testing and training methodologies for counter-autonomy solutions, Griffin, a 2018 Wash100 awardee, said in a memo that he issued on June 18.

Griffin expects the study to take from nine to 12 months to complete and a final report to be published no more than three months thereafter.

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