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Intell Community Seeks to Address Future Challenges With AI; Dawn Meyerriecks, Dan Coats Quoted

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U.S. intelligence community leaders have said adopting artificial intelligence is not meant to replace analysts but to help them focus more on the big picture than on data processing activities, FedScoop reported Wednesday.

“I think the opportunity that we see, in terms of the application, is that [AI] can be a very powerful sidecar to our scarcest resources, which is really good analysts,” said Dawn Meyerriecks, director of science and technology at CIA.

“We don’t look at this as it’s going to suddenly make analytic talent obsolete. It takes our best people and it cues up for them the things that are going to fundamentally impact their judgments,” Meyerriecks added.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said IC agencies should be more creative to prepare for future challenges, such as the rising demand for economic intelligence and the need to gather and analyze large volumes of various data.

“As you discuss the various tasks of our intelligence craft, from technology to acquisition to our workforce, I ask that you do so with an eye toward these topics,” he said Tuesday at the Intelligence & National Security Summit.

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